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Author Kellner, Menachem Marc, 1946-

Title Torah in the observatory : Gersonides, Maimonides, Song of Songs / Menachem Kellner
Published Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (374 pages)
Series Emunot
Contents Providence and the rabbinic tradition -- Mosaic prophecy: Maimonides and Gersonides -- Eschatology and miracles -- Creation, miracles, revelation -- Song of Songs and Gersonides' world -- Maimonides and Gersonides on astronomy and metaphysics -- Gersonides on the Song of Songs and the nature of science -- Politics and perfection: Gersonides vs. Maimonides -- The role of the active intellect in human cognition -- Imitatio dei and the dissemination of scientific knowledge -- Moses ibn Tibbon and Gersonides on Song of Songs -- Misogyny: Gersonides vs. Maimonides -- Gersonides and his cultured despisers: Arama and Abravanel
Summary Rabbi Levi ben Gershom (Ralbag, Gersonides; 1288-1344), one of medieval Judaism's most original thinkers, wrote about such diverse subjects as astronomy, mathematics, Bible commentary, philosophical theology, "technical" philosophy, logic, Halakhah, and even satire. In his view, however, all these subjects were united as part of the Torah. Influenced profoundly by Maimonides, Gersonides nevertheless exercised greater rigor than Maimonides in interpreting the Torah in light of contemporary science, was more conservative in his understanding of the nature of the Torah's commandments, and was more optimistic about the possibility of wide-spread philosophical enlightenment. Gersonides was a witness to several crucial historical events, such as the expulsion of French Jewry of 1306 and the "Babylonian Captivity" of the Papacy. Collaborating with prelates in his studies of astronomy and mathematics, he had an entree into the Papal court at Avignon. Kellner portrays Gersonides, revered among Jews as the author of a classic commentary on the latter books of the Bible, as a true renaissance man, whose view of Torah is vastly wider and more open than that held by many of those who treasure his memory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-364) and index
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Subject Levi ben Gershom, 1288-1344.
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204.
Levi ben Gershom, 1288-1344
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204
Leṿi ben Gershon 1288-1344
Maimonides, Moses 1135-1204
Maimonides, Moses.
Levi ben Gerson.
SUBJECT Bible. Song of Solomon -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Song of Solomon fast
Subject Jewish philosophy.
Philosophy, Medieval.
PHILOSOPHY -- Eastern.
Jewish philosophy
Philosophy, Medieval
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781618110183