Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment: Deciphering Scripture and Midrash in The Guide of the Perplexed

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SUNY Press, Apr 4, 2002 - Philosophy - 235 pages
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Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment demonstrates the type of hermeneutic that the medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides (1138–1204) engaged in throughout his treatise, The Guide of the Perplexed. By comprehensively analyzing Maimonides’ use of rabbinic and scriptural sources, James Arthur Diamond argues that, far from being merely prooftexts, they are in fact essential components of Maimonides’ esoteric stratagem. Diamond’s close reading of biblical and rabbinic citations in the Guide not only penetrates its multilayered structure to arrive at its core meaning, but also distinguishes Maimonides as a singular contributor to the Jewish exegetical tradition.
 

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Contents

SelfReflexive Discourse in the Guide
13
An Interlude
43
Chapters 11015
49
Chapters The Seven Units of Jacobs Ladder and Their Message
85
24 of the Guide TrialThe Bridge
131
Reflections on the Ultimate Verses of the Guide
151
An AbrahamicMosaic Joint Venture
159
Bibliography
209
Index
223
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James Arthur Diamond is Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo.

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