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Song of the Distant Dove: Judah Halevi’s Pilgrimage

Raymond P. Scheindlin

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195315424
eISBN:
9780199872039
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315424.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Judah Halevi, the great medieval Hebrew poet, abandoned home and family in Spain (al-Andalus) at the end of his life and traveled east to die in the Holy Land. This book narrates his journey, quoting ... More


What, Not Who, Is a Jew: Halevi–Maimonides in Those Days, Rabbi Aviner and Rabbi Kafih in Our Day

Menachem Kellner

in Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764951
eISBN:
9781800343344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764951.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the view that Jews and non-Jews are distinguished by some inborn, metaphysical quality that is widespread in contemporary Judaism in Orthodox circles. It illustrates the debate ... More


Kavod, Shekhinah, and Created Light

Menachem Kellner

in Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113294
eISBN:
9781800340381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113294.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter describes the concepts of kavod, shekhinah, and created light. The term kavod occurs about a dozen times in the Torah in some sense or other of perceptible divine presence. Rabbinic ... More


Jews and Non-Jews

Menachem Kellner

in Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113294
eISBN:
9781800340381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113294.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the difference between Jews and non-Jews. One of the first Jewish thinkers to emphasize that the distinction resides in a property shared by Jews and lacking in non-Jews is ... More


Ritual Purity and Impurity

Menachem Kellner

in Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113294
eISBN:
9781800340381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113294.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter assesses ritual purity and impurity, beginning with a discussion of two competing views. The debate between the text from Heikhalot rabati and the story about Rabban Johanan ben Zakai is ... More


Re-frame

Aaron W. Hughes

in Shared Identities: Medieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190684464
eISBN:
9780190684495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190684464.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Chapter 6 seeks to re-frame or redescribe this so-called golden age by arguing that Islam provided the intellectual and religious context for the florescence of Judaism at a formative moment in its ... More


A Thread through Halevi’s Maze

Ralph Lerner

in Naïve Readings: Reveilles Political and Philosophic

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226353296
eISBN:
9780226353326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226353326.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Judah Halevi, famous for poems of rare beauty and power in both Hebrew and Arabic, chose to present a comprehensive view of religious belief and practice in the form of a dramatic dialogue, commonly ... More


Naïve Readings: Reveilles Political and Philosophic

Ralph Lerner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226353296
eISBN:
9780226353326
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226353326.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

We love our opinions and resist efforts by others to have us reconsider, let alone change, what we are pleased to treat as settled truths. Both philosophers and far-sighted political actors have long ... More


The Use of Reason in Religious Debates

Daniel J. Lasker

in Jewish Philosophical Polemics Against Christianity in the Middle Ages: With a New Introduction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113515
eISBN:
9781800340411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113515.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter outlines the theoretical basis of the Jewish polemic against Christian doctrines. According to the Jewish philosophical polemicists, one of the main differences between Judaism and ... More


Medieval Jewish Philosophers and the Human Body

Yoav Meyrav

in Embodiment: A History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190490447
eISBN:
9780190490478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190490447.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Medieval Jewish philosophers approached the human body and being in a body from various aspects: ontological, ethical, psychological, and eschatological. Thinkers from many different geographical and ... More


Maimonides on Holiness

Menachem Kellner

in Holiness in Jewish Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198796497
eISBN:
9780191837760
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796497.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Two views of the nature of holiness are outlined in this chapter. According to one, which we may call ontological or essentialist, holy places, persons, times, and objects are ontologically distinct ... More


What Are Jews For?: History and the Purpose Question

Adam Sutcliffe

in What Are Jews For?: History, Peoplehood, and Purpose

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691188805
eISBN:
9780691201931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691188805.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores over four centuries of debate among both Jews and non–Jews on the “Jewish purpose” question. It explains the historical unfolding of ideas and arguments and captures both the ... More


The Death of falsafa as a Self-Description of Philosophy

Frank Griffel

in The Formation of Post-Classical Philosophy in Islam

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780190886325
eISBN:
9780190886356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190886325.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Al-Ghazali’s Precipitance of the Philosophers (Tahafut al-falasifa), published in 488/1095, changed the way the label falsafa was understood in Arabic scientific literature. Falsafa is a calque from ... More


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