Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides

Hardcover | December 15, 1999

byKenneth Seeskin

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Monotheism 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 Godwho 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 becauseof 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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Monotheism 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 Godwho is separate from his creation and uniqu...

Kenneth Seeskin is at Northwestern University.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019512846X

ISBN - 13:9780195128468

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"Seeskin continues his articulation of the importance of philosophy of religion in this carefully and passionately argued book...Seeskin is not only writing to Jews who seek to know more about Maimonides but also to secular or Christian philosophers of religion... a highly accessible book."Reli gious Studies Review