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Author Seeskin, Kenneth, 1947-

Title Searching for a distant God : the legacy of Maimonides / Kenneth Seeskin
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 252 pages)
Contents The urge to philosophize -- The challenge of monotheism -- Speaking of and to God -- The problem of creation -- Imitatio Dei -- Monotheism and freedom -- Popular religion and a personal God -- Appendix: esotericism and the limits of knowledge: a critique of Strauss
Summary Monotheism is usually considered Judaism's greatest contribution to world culture, but it is far from clear what monotheism is. This work examines the notion that monotheism is not so much a claim about the number of God as a claim about the nature of God. Seeskin argues that the idea of a God who is separate from his creation and unique is not just an abstraction but a suitable basis for worship. He examines this conclusion in the contexts of prayer, creation, sabbath observance, repentance, religious freedom and love of God. Maimonides plays a central role in the argument both because of his importance to Jewish self-understanding and because he deals with the question of how philosophic ideas are embodied in religious ritual
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-241) and index
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Subject Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204 -- Religion.
God (Judaism) -- History of doctrines.
Jewish philosophy.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 98037882
ISBN 0195344081 (electronic bk.)
1280530464
1429403632 (electronic bk.)
9780195344080 (electronic bk.)
9781280530463
9781429403634
(Cloth)