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Maimonides' confrontation with mysticism, Menachem Kellner

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Maimonides' confrontation with mysticism
Title
Maimonides' confrontation with mysticism
Statement of responsibility
Menachem Kellner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This book takes issue with the widespread assumption that Maimonides famous Thirteen Principles are the last word in Orthodox Jewish theology. The author shows that numerous traditional theologians in the last 900 years have in fact taken issue with Maimonides principles, both in their details as well as with regard to certain fundamental points in Maimonides' formulation." "Many books on Maimonides have been written and still more will appear. Few present Maimonides, as Menachem Kellner does, against the actual religious background that informed his many innovative and influential choices. Kellner not only analyses the thought of the great religious thinker but contextualizes it in terms of what he calls the 'proto-kabbalistic' Judaism that preceded him. Kellner shows how the Judaism that Maimonides knew had come to conceptualize the world as an enchanted universe, governed by occult affinities. He shows why Maimonides rejected this and how he went about doing it. Kellner argues that Maimonides' attempted reformation failed, the clearest proof of that being the success of the kabbalistic counter-reformation which his writings provoked." "Kellner shows how Maimonides rethought Judaism in different ways. It is in highlighting this process and identifying Maimonides as a religious reformer that this book makes its key contribution. Maimonides created a new Judaism, 'disenchanted', depersonalized, and challenging; a religion that is at the same time elitist and universalist."--Jacket
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Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kellner, Menachem Marc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Littman library of Jewish civilization
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Maimonides, Moses
  • Maimonides, Moses
  • Mysticism
  • Cabala
  • Judaism
  • Rabbinical literature
  • RELIGION
  • Cabala
  • Judaism
  • Mysticism
  • Rabbinical literature
Label
Maimonides' confrontation with mysticism, Menachem Kellner
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-334) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Contents; Note on Transliteration and Conventions Used in the Text; 1. Maimonides' Critique of the Jewish Culture of his Day; Introduction; The Judaism Maimonides Opposed; The Philosophical Basis of Maimonides' Opposition; Esotericism and Elitism; Maimonides' Failure; Elements of Proto-Kabbalah; Maimonides' Opposition to the World of Proto-Kabbalah; Excursus: Terminology; 2. The Institutional Character of Halakhah; Introduction; Two Opposing Views; Maimonides'View; Maimonides' Motivation; Mistakes and Errors in Halakhah/Science/Dogma; Error in 'Science'; Halakhah as Instrumental
  • Halakhah and TheologyGod and Abraham: Who Chose Whom?; 3. Holiness; Introduction; A Glance at the Biblical Evidence; Maimonides on the Nature of Holiness in General; Holy Persons; The People of Israel; The Sanctity of the Land of Israel and of Jerusalem; Holy Things: Torah, Tefilin, Mezuzot; Holy Times; 4. Ritual Purity and Impurity; Introduction: Two Ancient Views on Ritual Purity and Impurity; Judah Halevi on Ritual Purity and Impurity; Maimonides on Ritual Purity and Impurity; Maimonides on the Sacrificial Cult and the Laws of Ritual Purity and Impurity
  • Maimonides on the Moral Significance of the Laws of Ritual Purity and ImpurityCritiques of Maimonides' Account of the Sacrifices; 5. The Hebrew Language; Introduction; Judah Halevi on the Hebrew Language; Maimonides on the Hebrew Language; Why Did Maimonides Adopt his Position?; Nahmanides' Critique; 6. Kavod, Shekhinah, and Created Light; Introduction; Shekhinah, Kavod, and Created Light in Rabbinic Texts; Sa'adiah Gaon; Judah Halevi; Maimonides on Kavod in the Guide of the Perplexed; Maimonides on Shekhinah in the Guide of the Perplexed
  • Maimonides on Created Light in the Guide of the PerplexedShekhinah and Kavod in the Mishneh torah and Commentary on the Mishnah; 7. Jews and Non-Jews; Introduction; Theory of the Acquired Intellect; Jews and Non-Jews; Digression: Which of the Thirteen Principles Must Actually Be Accepted to Achieve a Share in the World to Come?; Who Is an ' Israelite'?; Wise Non-Jews and the World to Come; Was Maimonides Truly Universalist?; 8. Angels; Introduction; Angels in Rabbinic Thought; Angels in Piyutim; Angels in Heikhalot Literature; Sa'adiah Gaon and Judah Halevi on Angels; Maimonides on Angels
  • Afterword: Contemporary Resistance to the Maimonidean ReformGlossary; A; B; D; E; G; H; I; K; M; N; P; S; T; Z; Bibliography; Index of Citations from Moses Maimonides and Judah Halevi; General Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Control code
ocn989014032
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 343 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781909821088
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  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1rv877
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)989014032
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Maimonides' confrontation with mysticism, Menachem Kellner
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-334) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Contents; Note on Transliteration and Conventions Used in the Text; 1. Maimonides' Critique of the Jewish Culture of his Day; Introduction; The Judaism Maimonides Opposed; The Philosophical Basis of Maimonides' Opposition; Esotericism and Elitism; Maimonides' Failure; Elements of Proto-Kabbalah; Maimonides' Opposition to the World of Proto-Kabbalah; Excursus: Terminology; 2. The Institutional Character of Halakhah; Introduction; Two Opposing Views; Maimonides'View; Maimonides' Motivation; Mistakes and Errors in Halakhah/Science/Dogma; Error in 'Science'; Halakhah as Instrumental
  • Halakhah and TheologyGod and Abraham: Who Chose Whom?; 3. Holiness; Introduction; A Glance at the Biblical Evidence; Maimonides on the Nature of Holiness in General; Holy Persons; The People of Israel; The Sanctity of the Land of Israel and of Jerusalem; Holy Things: Torah, Tefilin, Mezuzot; Holy Times; 4. Ritual Purity and Impurity; Introduction: Two Ancient Views on Ritual Purity and Impurity; Judah Halevi on Ritual Purity and Impurity; Maimonides on Ritual Purity and Impurity; Maimonides on the Sacrificial Cult and the Laws of Ritual Purity and Impurity
  • Maimonides on the Moral Significance of the Laws of Ritual Purity and ImpurityCritiques of Maimonides' Account of the Sacrifices; 5. The Hebrew Language; Introduction; Judah Halevi on the Hebrew Language; Maimonides on the Hebrew Language; Why Did Maimonides Adopt his Position?; Nahmanides' Critique; 6. Kavod, Shekhinah, and Created Light; Introduction; Shekhinah, Kavod, and Created Light in Rabbinic Texts; Sa'adiah Gaon; Judah Halevi; Maimonides on Kavod in the Guide of the Perplexed; Maimonides on Shekhinah in the Guide of the Perplexed
  • Maimonides on Created Light in the Guide of the PerplexedShekhinah and Kavod in the Mishneh torah and Commentary on the Mishnah; 7. Jews and Non-Jews; Introduction; Theory of the Acquired Intellect; Jews and Non-Jews; Digression: Which of the Thirteen Principles Must Actually Be Accepted to Achieve a Share in the World to Come?; Who Is an ' Israelite'?; Wise Non-Jews and the World to Come; Was Maimonides Truly Universalist?; 8. Angels; Introduction; Angels in Rabbinic Thought; Angels in Piyutim; Angels in Heikhalot Literature; Sa'adiah Gaon and Judah Halevi on Angels; Maimonides on Angels
  • Afterword: Contemporary Resistance to the Maimonidean ReformGlossary; A; B; D; E; G; H; I; K; M; N; P; S; T; Z; Bibliography; Index of Citations from Moses Maimonides and Judah Halevi; General Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Control code
ocn989014032
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 343 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781909821088
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1rv877
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)989014032
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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