The limits of Orthodox theology: Maimonides' Thirteen principles reappraised

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Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 221 pages
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It is commonly asserted that Maimonides' famous Thirteen Principles are the last word in Orthodox Jewish theology. This is a very popular notion, and is often repeated by scholars from all camps in Judaism. Yet such a position ignores the long history of Jewish theology in which Maimonides' principles have been subject to great dispute. The book begins with a discussion of the significance of the principles and illustrates how they assumed such a central place in traditional Judaism. Each of the principles is then considered in turn; the reasons underlying Maimonides' formulation are expounded and the disputes that have arisen concerning them are discussed in detail. Marc B. Shapiro's authoritative analysis makes it quite clear that the notion that Maimonides' principles are the last word in traditional Jewish theology is a misconception, and that even Maimonides himself was not fully convinced of every aspect of his formulation. Although structured around Maimonides' principles, the b

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Review: The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides' Thirteen Principles Reappraised (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Series).)

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Review: The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides' Thirteen Principles Reappraised (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Series).)

User Review  - Yona - Goodreads

A very good comprehensive discussion on disagreements with Maimonides's 13 principles and the limits of the principles. Readers will likely be surprised at some of the discussion, how adherents often ... Read full review

Contents

List of Abbreviations xii
4
The Existence and Unity of God
38
The Incorporeality of God
45
Copyright

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Marc B. Shapiro holds the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton.

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