Jewish Philosophy: An Historical Introduction

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A&C Black, Sep 19, 2006 - Religion - 352 pages
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Jewish Philosophy: An Historical Introduction surveys the history of Jewish philosophy, from the formation of the Hebrew Scriptures to the present time. The author discusses the nature of God, the origin and end of the universe, and the moral value of humanity, all from the distinct perspective of Jewish intellectual history. The book is intended as a text for courses in Jewish philosophy, as well as for more general courses in religious thought, Judaism, and philosophy, but presupposes no prior background in these subjects. Each chapter concludes with sets of key terms and questions, as well as recommendations for further reading.
 

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Contents

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1
The Origins
11
The Hebrew Scriptures
13
the story of the Hebrew Scriptures
15
What is the Bible and how was it created?
28
The God of the Bible
41
The biblical conception of Torah
51
The conception of Israel as the Chosen People
61
The composition of The Guide of the Perplexed
177
God and the Bible
184
Chapter topic headings in The Guide of the Perplexed
191
Creation and revelation
194
Divine providence
206
The reasons for the Commandments taamei hamitsvot
216
Figures
222
Jewish Philosophy after Maimonides
223

Tables
67
The biblical view of God
70
Early Rabbinic Literature
79
from Alexander the Great to Muhammad
81
Major texts of rabbinic Judaism
98
The God of the early rabbis
108
The Torah of the early rabbis
117
The Jewish people of the early rabbis
126
The rabbinic view of ethics
132
Classical Jewish Philosophy
143
Jewish Philosophy before Maimonides
145
from the rise of Islam to the expulsion from Christian Spain
147
Key Events
157
Major texts and themes of Jewish philosophy
159
The Philosophy of Maimonides
175
The rationalism of Gersonides
225
The nonrationalism of Crescas
234
Modern Jewish Philosophy
241
Jewish Philosophy before Rosenzweig
243
from Christian Spain to secular Israel
245
The turning pointBaruch Spinoza
263
Cohen and Jewish idealism
276
Buber and Jewish existentialism
284
The Philosophy of Rosenzweig
295
God world and the human
297
creation revelation and redemption
308
Jewish people Christian way and the Kingdom of God
315
Conclusion
323
Index
335
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Norbert M. Samuelson is the Harold and Jean Grossman Professor in Religious Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He is the author of six books and over 200 articles, and the co-editor of three collected volumes of essays.

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