Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest...

In this original study, noted scholar and theologian David Hartman discusses the relation between Maimonides' halakhic writings and The Guide of the Perplexed. This pioneering work earned Dr. Hartman a National Jewish Book Award for a book on Jewish thought.

Acknowlegments ers of analysis, his disdain for intellectual compromise. Without his continual help and reinforcement, this work would not have been completed. In a sense, this book is his as well as mine. I also was fortunate to have had a congregation that was willing to study Maimonides with me during the many pleasant years I spent in Montreal as rabbi of Congrega-tion Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem. The deep concern of many members of the congregation for my development, and their continued interest in my welfare will always be appreciated. I gained enormously from discussions I enjoyed over the years with Professor Shlomo Pines of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He, too, encouraged me to roam freely in my thinking— but always insisted that I remain within the thought- patterns of Maimonides. The interest of this master scholar is of the greatest importance to me, for I know that no contemporary work on Maimonides can ignore the searching criticism which emerges from his boundless knowledge of that philosopher’s reasoning. This work was completed in Jerusalem, the city of Jewish spiritual aspirations. My coming on aliyah and be-ing able to devote all of my time to study and writing was made practicable through the kindness and warm friend-ship of Sol Lederman. He believed that my place was in Israel; he knows that Jewish intellectual creativity must emerge organically from the soil of Jewish history. His graciousness made it possible for me and my family to come home; my gratitude for his devotion to Jewish schol-arship and his faith in me is beyond words. Since settling in Jerusalem, I have enjoyed and ben-efited greatly from the friendship of many colleagues at the Hebrew University. The talks with Professor Eliezer Schweid helped sharpen my focus on the spiritual implica-tions of my approach to Maimonides. Professor Efraim ix   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageACKNOWLEDGMENTSFOREWORDCONTENTSINTRODUCTIONOption 1. The way of insulationOption 2. The way of dualismOption 3. The way of rejectionOption 4. The way of integrationOne. PHILOSOPHY IN MAIMONIDES' LEGAL WORKSTwo. HALAKHIC AND AGGADIC CATEGORIES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO PHILOSOPHICAL SPIRITUALITYThree. REASON AND TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY WITHIN HALAKHAH AND PHILOSOPHYFour. THE PHILOSOPHIC RELIGIOUS SENSIBILITYFive. MORALITY AND THE PASSIONATE LOVE FOR GODNOTESSELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYWorks of MaimonidesBackground Literature and General PhilosophyLiterature on Maimonides and Jewish ThoughtINDEX
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