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Author Goodman, Micah, author.

Title Maimonides and the book that changed Judaism : secrets of the Guide for the Perplexed / Micah Goodman
Published Philadelphia : The Jewish Publication Society ; Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Contents Part I. God. 1. The God of Maimonides -- 2. Prophecy -- 3. Providence -- 4. Redemption -- 5. From negative theology to empowering humanity -- Conclusion: The new religious hero -- Part II. Torah. 6. Is the Torah divine? -- 7. Reasons for the commandments -- 8. Man and the Torah -- 9. The universality of the Torah -- Conclusion: Rising to the level of understanding -- Part III. Perplexity. 10. Contradictions -- 11. The creation of the world -- 12. Perplexity and God -- 13. The role of doubt -- 14. Halakhah and dogmatism -- 15. The crisis of reason -- 16. The crisis of tradition -- 17. From perplexity to mysticism and politics -- 18. Therapeutic perplexity -- Conclusion: The purpose of life
Summary A publishing sensation long at the top of the best-seller lists in Israel, the original Hebrew edition of Maimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism has been called the most successful book ever published in Israel on the preeminent medieval Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides. The works of Maimonides, particularly The Guide for the Perplexed, are reckoned among the fundamental texts that influenced all subsequent Jewish philosophy and also proved to be highly influential in Christian and Islamic thought. Spanning subjects ranging from God, prophecy, miracles, revelation, and evil to politics, messianism, reason in religion, and the therapeutic role of doubt, Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaism elucidates the complex ideas of the Guide in remarkably clear and engaging prose. Drawing on his own experience as a central figure in the current Israeli renaissance of Jewish culture and spirituality, Micah Goodman brings Maimonides's masterwork into dialogue with the intellectual and spiritual worlds of twenty-first-century readers. Goodman contends that in Maimonides's view, the Torah's purpose is not to bring clarity about God but rather to make us realize that we do not understand God at all; not to resolve inscrutable religious issues but to give us insight into the true nature and purpose of our lives. -- from dust jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Dalālat al-ḥāʼirīn.
SUBJECT Dalālat al-ḥāʼirīn (Maimonides, Moses) fast
Subject Jewish philosophy.
Philosophy, Medieval.
PHILOSOPHY -- Eastern.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- Sacred Writings.
Jewish philosophy
Philosophy, Medieval
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780827611979
Other Titles Sodotaṿ shel Moreh ha-nevukhim. English