Maimonides: Torah and Philosophical Quest

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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In his original 1976 version of Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest, noted scholar and theologian David Hartman departs from traditional scholarly views about Maimonides by offering a new way of understanding the great 12th-century philosopher and his work. The best-known works by Maimonides, his Mishneh Torah and Guide to the Perplexed, have often been viewed by scholars as having different audiences and different messages, together reflecting the two sides of the author himself.

Author Biography

David Hartman is founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, the world-renown center for the study of classical Jewish sources and of contemporary Israeli and Jewish issues. He is the author of A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism and Israelis and the Jewish Tradition: An Ancient People Debating Its Future. Dr. Hartman received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University and his PhD in philosophy from McGill University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Introduction: Multiple Responses to the Conflict of Philosophy and Halakhahp. 3
Philosophy in Maimonides' Legal Worksp. 28
Halakhic and Aggadic Categories and Their Relationship to Philosophic Spiritualityp. 66
Reason and Traditional Authority within Halakhah and Philosophyp. 102
The Philosophic Religious Sensibilityp. 139
Morality and the Passionate Love for Godp. 187
Notesp. 215
Selected Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 289
Postscriptp. 299
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