The teachings of Judaism's greatest medieval philosopher can be a companion on your own spiritual journey.
No Jewish thinker has had a more significant impact on Jewish religious thought than Moses Maimonides (1138–1204). A medieval philosopher whose vision covered an extensive range, he created a method of mediating between revelation and reason that laid the groundwork for a rational, philosophically sophisticated Judaism. He also provided an approach to biblical interpretation and philosophy that remains relevant for people of all faiths who follow a religion based on sacred text and oral interpretation.
In this accessible examination of Maimonides's theological and philosophical teachings, Rabbi Marc D. Angel opens up for us Maimonides’s views on the nature of God, providence, prophecy, free will, human nature, repentance and more. He explores basic concepts of faith that Maimonides posits must serve as the basis for proper religious life. He also examines Maimonides’s insights on reward and punishment, messianic days, the world to come and other tenets of Jewish faith.
Now you can experience the wisdom of Maimonides even if you have no previous knowledge of Judaism or Jewish philosophy. SkyLight Illuminations provides insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that reveals why Maimonides’s teachings continue to have profound relevance to those seeking an intellectually vibrant understanding of Judaism.
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About the Author
Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD, is founder and director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (www.jewishideas.org). Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel of New York City, he is author and editor of twenty-nine books, including Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism; Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire (both finalists for the National Jewish Book Award); and MaimonidesEssential Teachings on Jewish Faith and Ethics: The Book of Knowledge and the Thirteen Principles of FaithAnnotated and Explained (all Jewish Lights).
Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics:
- Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Confronting Basic Issues of Faith
- The Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Jewish Communities: Can We Learn from Each Other?
- Conversion to Judaism: What the Jewish Community Can Learn from Converts
- Choosing to Be Jewish: The Orthodox Road to Conversion
- Losing the Rat Race, Winning at Life: Ethics for Moderns
Table of Contents
Laws of Foundations of the TorahLaws Relating to Moral and Ethical CharacterLaws of Torah StudyLaws of IdolatryLaws of RepentanceThirteen Principles of Faith