Maimonides: nature, history, and messianic beliefs
Presents Maimonides' messianic beliefs as stemming from his views of the structure of nature and the course of history. The author argues that Maimonides saw the messianic era as an historical period on one hand, and as a Utopian era of eternal peace and the recognition of God on the other.
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Messianism and Skepticism
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19th century According to Maimonides active messianism activist messianism adaptation appears attempted century C.E. clear concept constellation context differentiation divine providence entire world Eretz Israel Even-Caspi example existence explained God's prudence Gush Emunim hasten the end historical event ideal society ideology Igeret Teiman interpretation irrational commandments Islam Israelites Jewish philosophy Jewish religion Jews Judaism King Messiah Kingdoms of Israel laws of nature Maimonides regards Maimonides stresses man's nature mankind meaning medieval messianic beliefs messianic movements Middle Ages Midrash miracles Mishneh Torah monotheism monotheistic belief monotheistic religion Moses Muslim nations Noahide laws oath opposed ordination passive messianism philosopher political polytheism polytheistic mentality possible prudence and wisdom rabbinic establishment rabbis Ralbah rational and irrational realistic messianism realization Red Heifer redemption referred regard the messianic reinstitute Sa'adiah Saba religion sacrifices Sages Sanhedrin Shabbetai Zevi Song of Songs specific Spinoza understand universal religion Utopian thought words worship Yaakov Zionism