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Author Diamond, James Arthur

Title Maimonides and the hermeneutics of concealment : deciphering scripture and midrash in The guide of the perplexed / James Arthur Diamond
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2002


Description 1 online resource (x, 235 pages)
Series SUNY series in Jewish philosophy
SUNY series in Jewish philosophy.
Contents Front Matter -- Half Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication Page -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- INTRODUCTION: The Poetry of Midrash and Heterogeneity of Scripture -- Midrash on Midrash -- Shir Hashirim Rabbah 1:8 and the Parabolic Method -- Genesis Rabbah 9 and Flash Technique -- Genesis Rabbah 27 and Prophetic Radicalism -- Intertextual Foils in the Guide -- Parabolic Precision vs. Parabolic Flourish -- Solomon s ""Married Harlot"" as Foil to Jacob -- ""The Lord hath forsaken the earth"" -- Divine Immutability and Providence
I: 11 The ""Sitting"" of Indifference -- I: 12 ""Rising"" and the Role of Metatron -- 1: 13 ""Standing on the Mount of Olives "": The Intellectualization of a Messianic Vision -- I: 14 ""Adam ""-Situating Man in the Providential Scheme -- I: 15 Moses-The Paragon of an Elitist Providence -- The Seven Units of Jacob's Ladder and Their Message -- I. ""Ladder"" -- 2. ""Set up on earth"" -- 3. ""And the top of it reached heaven"" -- 4. ""Angels of God"" (elohim) -- 5-6. ""Ascending and descending"" -- 7. ""And behold the Lord (YHVH) stood above it"" -- The Coalescence of Three Interpretations
Chapter 111:24 of the Guide -- Trial Passages -- Omission of a Trial Passage: Bitter Waters and the Perfect Law -- The Quarry of Efficient Causality -- Reflections on the Ultimate Verses of the Guide -- Text and Prooftext -- Back Matter -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Back Cover
Summary Annotation Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment demonstrates the type of hermeneutic that the medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides (1138-1204) engaged in throughout his treatise, The Guide of the Perplexed. By comprehensively analyzing Maimonides' use of rabbinic and scriptural sources, James Arthur Diamond argues that, far from being merely prooftexts, they are in fact essential components of Maimonides' esoteric stratagem. Diamond's close reading of biblical and rabbinic citations in the Guide not only penetrates its multilayered structure to arrive at its core meaning, but also distinguishes Maimonides as a singular contributor to the Jewish exegetical tradition. Book jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-222) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Dalālat al-ḥāʼirīn.
SUBJECT Bible. Old Testament -- Hermeneutics
Midrash -- History and criticism
Bible. Old Testament fast
Dalālat al-ḥāʼirīn (Maimonides, Moses) fast
Subject PHILOSOPHY -- Eastern.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780791489239