(c. 15th century)
Albo was a philosopher and theologian who was also a disciple of the
great Rabbi Hasdai Crescas. He composed the "Sefer HaIkarim,"
which provides a clear and comprehensive picture of the thought of his
time. He carefully analyzed the meaning of "Ikar" and disputed
his predecessors as to the number of ikarim. Albo was a participant
at the famous Tortosa disputation in 1413-1414. In Chapter 25, Part
III, there is a record of his critique of Christianity at the disputation
(printed in Husiks edition of the Ikarim) but this has been censored
out of the Hebrew editions. He has highly original interpretations of
Biblical passages and these have been collected in separate volumes.
He saw the importance of the Mitzvah of honoring parents as that of guaranteeing acceptance of the kabbalah
(tradition). Albo dealt at length with the question of how an Eternal
Torah applies to constantly changing conditions.