Searching for a Distant God
The Legacy of Maimonides
By (author) Kenneth Seeskin
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Searching for a Distant God by Kenneth Seeskin
Book DescriptionMonotheism 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195128468
(243mm x 163mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kenneth Seeskin
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Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, Paperback (July 2010)
This book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the Jewish experience, from its ancient origins to its impact on contemporary popular culture.
Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Kenneth Seeskin
This book considers both existing arguments and presents its own ideas about the role of autonomy in Judaism.
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