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 Urbach was always available for discussions on the rab-binic roots of Maimonidean thought. Professor Nathan Rotenstreich spent long hours with me in a detailed analysis of much of the philosophic implications of this work. Professor Abraham Halkin read my manuscript with care and was singularly helpful in the area of Judeo- Islamic thought. Dr. Chaim Soloveitchik provided incisive criticisms, stemming from his knowledge of Halakhah and Maimonides. His numerous helpful suggestions have been incorporated into this work. I am indebted to my editor, Priscilla Fishman, for her meticulous and devoted concern, to Vivian Mamlich for her patient typing of the manuscript, and to Bernard Steinberg for his invaluable aid in the preparation of the Index. I must mention my children, Devora, Tova, Daniel, Adina, and Ranan, who encouraged me to continue de-spite many difficulties. Their love and patience gave me much needed support. I owe more than I can express to Bobbie, my beloved wife, whose honesty and love enabled me to aspire to give voice to intellectual and spiritual longings throughout the years of our marriage. It is to her that I dedicate this first fruit of our long search together for spiritual roots grounded in intellectual integrity. We live in an age which, unfortunately, is dominated by religious existentialist thought. It is my hope that this work on Maimonides will encourage renewed discussion on the political implications of halakhic thought. The polit-ical renaissance of the Jewish people enjoins an intellec-tual understanding of the significance of Judaism— for the individual and, above all, for the community. Jerusalem Hanukkah 5735 x   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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