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Maimonides Torah And Philosophic Quest

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A 12th-century rabbi, scholar, physician, and philosopher, Moses Maimonides is best known for his two great works on Judaism: Mishneh Torah and Guide to the Perplexed. They have often been viewed by scholars as having different audiences and different messages, together reflecting the two sides of the author himself: Maimonides the halakhist, who focused on piety through obedience to Jewish law; and Maimonides the philosopher, who advocated closeness with God through reflection and knowledge of nature. David ...
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Overview

A 12th-century rabbi, scholar, physician, and philosopher, Moses Maimonides is best known for his two great works on Judaism: Mishneh Torah and Guide to the Perplexed. They have often been viewed by scholars as having different audiences and different messages, together reflecting the two sides of the author himself: Maimonides the halakhist, who focused on piety through obedience to Jewish law; and Maimonides the philosopher, who advocated closeness with God through reflection and knowledge of nature. David Hartman argues that while many scholars look at one aspect of Maimonides to the exclusion or dismissal of the other, the way to really understand him is to see both adherence to the law and philosophical pursuits as two essential aspects of Judaism.
This expanded edition contains a new postscript by Hartman that sheds new light on his argument and indeed on Judaism as Maimonides interpreted it.
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"Maimonides is a treasure of a read for the thinking and spiritual Jew."—Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827609112
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 8/15/1976
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Shlomo Pines xi

Introduction: Multiple Responses to the Conflict of Philosophy and Halakhah 3

1 Philosophy in Maimonides' Legal Works 28

2 Halakhic and Aggadic Categories and Their Relationship to Philosophic Spirituality 66

3 Reason and Traditional Authority within Halakhah and Philosophy 102

4 The Philosophic Religious Sensibility 139

5 Morality and the Passionate Love for God 187

Notes 215

Selected Bibliography 269

Index 289

Postscript 299

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