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Author Seeskin, Kenneth

Title Searching for a Distant God : the Legacy of Maimonides
Published Cary : Oxford University Press, 2000


Description 1 online resource (265 pages)
Contents Abbreviations; One. The Urge to Philosophize; Two. The Challenge of Monotheism; Three. Speaking of and to God; Four. The Problem of Creation; Five. Imitatio Dei; Six. Monotheism and Freedom; Seven. Popular Religion and a Personal God; Appendix: Esotericism and the Limits of Knowledge: A Critique of Strauss; Notes; Bibliography; General Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Index of Principal Sources
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 Godwho 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 becauseof his
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Subject Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204 -- Contributions in doctrine of God
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204.
God (Judaism) -- History of doctrines
Jewish philosophy.
God (Judaism) -- History of doctrines.
Jewish philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780195344080