The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides, M. Friedlander

By Moses Maimonides, M. Friedlander

Nice vintage of medieval Judaism, significant try and reconcile published faith— Pentateuch, commentaries — and Aristotelian philosophy. greatly vital in all Western notion. contains lifetime of Maimonides, research of The advisor, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Unabridged Friedlander translation. 50-page advent. "...a nice impression on Jewish and Christian scholasticism." — Jewish Civic Press.

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3, in which Maimonides refers to the difference between commensurable and incommensurable lines (MS. Bodl.. 2033, 8). Moses, son of Febudab Nagari, made an index of the subjects treated 1n the Moreh, indicating in each case the chapters in which allusion is made to the subject. He did so, "in obedience to the advice of Maimonides, to consider the chapters in connected order" (Part I. p. 20). It has been printed together with the questions of Shaul ha-kohen (Venice, 1574). Moses son of Solomon of Salerno, is one of the earliest expounders of the Moreh.

A thing cannot be its own maker, 2. The series of successive causes is finite. 3. Compounds owe their existence to an external force. His arguments are :--1. The Universe, even the elements, are compounds consisting of substance and form. 2. In the Universe plan and unity is discernible. ( Hobot halehsbot, ch. ) The weakest of all arguments are, according to Maimonides, those by which the Mutakallemim sought to support the doctrine of God's Incorporeality. If God were corporeal, He would consist of atoms, and would not be one; or He would be comparable to other beings but a comparison implies the existence of similar and of dissisnilar elesoents, and God would thus not be one.

Yet it might easily happen that the reader could not reconcile his own view with that of the author, and in such a case he is asked to ignore the disapproved chapter or section altogether. Such disapproval Maimonides attributes to a mere misconception on the part of the reader, a fate which awaits every work composed in a mystical style. In adopting this peculiar style, he intended to reduce to a minimum the violation of the rule laid down in the Mishnah (Hagigah ii. i), that metaphysics should not be taught publicly.

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