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Searching for a Distant God : The Legacy of Maimonides - Kenneth Seeskin

Searching for a Distant God

The Legacy of Maimonides

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Published: 1st September 1999
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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 God who 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 because of his importance to Jewish self-understanding and because he deals with the question of how philosophic ideas are embodied in religious ritual.

"Seeskin continues his articulation of the importance of philosophy of religion in this carefully and passionately argued book...Seeskin is not only writing to Jews who seek to know more about Maimonides but also to secular or Christian philosophers of religion... a highly accessible book." Reli gious Studies Review

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
The Urge to Philosophizep. 3
The Challenge of Monotheismp. 23
Speaking of and to Godp. 43
The Problem of Creationp. 66
Imitatio Deip. 91
Monotheism and Freedomp. 124
Popular Religion and a Personal Godp. 142
Appendix: Esotericism and the Limits of Knowledge: a Critique of Straussp. 177
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 229
General Indexp. 243
Index of Principal Sourcesp. 249
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ISBN: 9780195128468
ISBN-10: 019512846X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59