Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought

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Papers from the Seventh Congress of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, held at the U. of Hawaii (date not stated) show how major Jewish thinkers dealt with issues such as the definition of the divine, man, and nature, and their proper relations, and the meanings of time, history, and worship. The essays deal with universal issues and are of interest beyond their importance for Jewish cultural self-definition. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Editor's Introduction: Thematizing a Tradition 1
Philo's Conception of the Divine Nature 21
Solomon Ibn Gabirol's Doctrine of Intelligible Matter 43
Parallel Structures in the Metaphysics of Iamblichus and Ibn Gabirol 61
Ibn Gabirol: The Sage among the Schoolmen 77
From What is One and Simple only What is One and Simple Can Come to Be 111
Maimonides and Neoplatonism: Challenge and Response 137
Maimonidean Naturalism 157
The Virtue of Faith 195
Why Not Pursue the Metaphor of Artisan and View God's Knowledge as Practical? 207
Matter as Creature and Matter as the Source of Evil: Maimonides and Aquinas 217
Divine Unity in Maimonides, the Tosafists and Meiri 237
Platonic Themes in Gersonides' Doctrine of the Active Intellect 255
Utterance and Ineffability in Jewish Neoplatonism 279
Self-Contraction of the Godhead in Kabbalistic Theology 299
Jewish Kabbalah and Platonism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance 319
Love and Intellect in Leone Ebreo: The Joys and Pains of Human Passion 353
Spinoza, Neoplatonic Kabbalist? 387
The Psychodynamics of Neoplatonic Ontology 411
Bibliography 427
The Contributors 435
Index 439
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