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Great classic of medieval Judaism, major attempt to reconcile revealed religion — Pentateuch, commentaries — and Aristotelian philosophy. Enormously important in all Western thought. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Unabridged Friedlander translation. 50-page introduction. "...a great influence on Jewish and Christian scholasticism." — Jewish Civic Press.

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Complete text of crucial medieval work of philosophy: reconciliation of Aristotle and Scripture. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Maimonides, brilliant forerunner of Aquinas.

Synopsis:

Great classic of medieval Judaism, major attempt to reconcile revealed religion
— Pentateuch, commentaries — and Aristotelian philosophy. Enormously important in all Western thought. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Unabridged Friedlander translation. 50-page introduction. "...a great influence on Jewish and Christian scholasticism." — Jewish Civic Press.

Synopsis:

Great classic of medieval Judaism, major attempt to reconcile revealed religion
— Pentateuch, commentaries — and Aristotelian philosophy. Enormously important in all Western thought. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Unabridged Friedlander translation. 50-page introduction. "...a great influence on Jewish and Christian scholasticism." — Jewish Civic Press.

Table of Contents

Life of Maimonides

  Moreh Nebuchim Literature. Analysis of the Guide for the Perplexed

PART I.

Introduction?

  Dedicatory Letter

  The Object of the Guide

  On Similes

  Directions for the Study of this Work

  Introductory Remarks

I The homonymity of Zelem

II On Genesis iii. 5

III On tabnit and temunab

IV "On raah, bibbit and hazab"

V On Exod. xxiv. 10

VI "On ish and ishshab, ab and abot"

VII On yalad

VIII On makom

IX On kisse

X "On 'alah, yarad"

XI On yashab

XII On kam

XIII On 'amad

XIV On adam

XV "On nazab, yazab"

XVI On Zur

XVII On Mishnah Hagigah ii. I

XVIII "On karab, naga', niggash"

XIX On male

XX "On ram, nissa"

XXI On 'abar

XXII On ba

XXIII "On Yaza, shub"

XXIV On halak

XXV On shaken

XXVI "On "The Torah speaketh the language of man"

XXVII On Targum of Gen. xlvi. 4

XXVIII On regel

XXIX On 'azeb

XXX On akal

"XXXI, XXXII" On the Limit of Man's Intellect

XXXIII to XXXVI On the Study and the Teaching of Metaphysics

XXXVII On panim

XXXVIII On abor

XXXIX On leb

XL On ruab

XLI On nefesh

XLII On bayyim-mavet

XLIII On kanaf

XLIV On 'ayin

XLV On shama'

"XLVI, XLVII" On the Attribution of Senses and Sensations to God

XLVIII The Targum of shama' and raah

XLIX Figurative Expressions applied to Angels

L On Faith

LI-LX On Attributes

LI On the Necessity of Proving the Inadmissibility of Attributes in reference to God

LII Classification of Attributes

LIII The Arguments of the Attributists

LIV On Exod. xxxii. 13 ; xxxiv. 7

LV "On Attributes implying Corporeality, Emotion, Non-existence and Comparison"

LVI "On Attributes denoting Existence, Life, Power, Wisdom and Will"

LVII On the Identity of the Essence of God and His Attributes

LVIII On the Negative Sense of the True Attributes of God

LIX On the Character of the Knowledge of God Consisting of Negations

LX On the Difference between Positive and Negative Attributes

LXI On the Names of God

LXII "On the Divine Names composed of Four, Twelve and Forty-two Letters"

LXIII "On Ehyeh, Yah and Shaddai"

LXIV "On "The Name of the Lord," and "The Glory of God"

LXV "On the phrase "God spake"

LXVI On Exod. xxxii. 16

LXVII On shabat and nah

LXVIII "On the Terms "The Intellectus, the Intelligens and the Intelligibile"

LXIX On the Primal Cause

LXX On the attribute rokeb ba'arabot

LXXI The Origin of the Kalam

LXXII A Parallel between the Universe and Man

LXXIII Twelve Propositions of the Kalam

LXXIV Proofs of the Kalam for the creatio ex nibilo

LXXV Proofs of the Kalam for the Unity of God

LXXVI Proofs of the Kalam for the Incorporeality of God

PART II.

The Author's Introduction. The Twenty-Six Propositions employed by the Philosophers to prove the Existence of God

I "Philosophical proofs for the Existence, Incorporeality, and Unity of the First Cause"

II On the Existence of Intelligences or purely Spiritual Beings

III The Author adopts the Theory of Aristotle as least open to Objections

IV The Spheres and the Causes of their Motion

V Agreement of the Aristotelian Theory with the Teaching of Scripture

VI "What is meant by the Scriptural Term "Angels"

VII "The Homonymity of the term "Angel"

VIII On the Music of the Spheres

IX On the Number of the Heavenly Spheres

X The Influence of the Spheres upon the Earth manifests itself in four different ways

XI The Theory of Eccentricity Preferable to that of Epicycles

XII On the Nature of the Divine Influence and that of the Spheres

XIII Three Different Theories about the Beginning of the Universe

XIV Seven Methods by which the Philosophers sought to prove the Eternity of the Universe

XV Aristotle does not scientifically demonstrate his Theory

XVI The Author refutes all Objections to Creatio ex nibilo

XVII "The Laws of Nature apply to Things Created, but do not regulate the Creative Act which produces them"

XVIII Examinations of the Proofs of Philosophers for the Eternity of the Universe

XIX Design in Nature

XX The Opinion of Aristotle as regards Design in Nature

XXI Explanation of the Aristotelian Theory that the Universe is the necessary Result of the First Cause

XXII Objections to the Theory of the Eternity of the Universe

XXIII The Theory of Creatio ex nibilo is preferable to that of the Eternity of the Universe

XXIV Difficulty of Comprehending the Nature and the Motion of the Spheres according to the Theory of Aristotle

XXV "The Theory of Creation is adopted because of its own Superiority, the Proofs based on Scripture being Inconclusive"

XXVI Examination of a passage from Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer in reference to Creation

XXVII The Theory of a Future Destruction of the Universe is not part of the Religious Belief taught in the Bible

XXVIII Scriptural Teaching is in favour of the Indestructibility of the Universe

XXIX Explanation of Scriptural Phrases implying the Destruction of Heaven and Earth

XXX Philosophical Interpretation of Genesis i.-iv.

XXXI "The Institution of the Sabbath serves ( I ) to Teach the Theory of Creation, and ( 2 ) to promote Man's Welfare"

XXXII Three Theories concerning Prophecy

XXXIII The Difference between Moses and the other Israelites as regards the Revelation on Mount Sinai

XXXIV Explanation of Exodus xxiii. 20

XXXV The Difference between Moses and the other Prophets as regards the Miracles wrought by them

XXXVI "On the Mental, Physical and Moral Faculties of the Prophets"

XXXVII On the Divine Influence upon Man's Imaginative and Mental Faculties through the Active Intellect

XXXVIII Courage and Intuition reach the highest degree of Perfection in Prophets

XXXIX "Moses was the fittest Prophet to Receive and Promulgate the Immutable Law, which succeeding Prophets merely Taught and Expounded"

XL The Test of True Prophecy

XLI "What is Mean by "Vision"

XLII Prophets Received Direct Communication only in Dreams or Visions

XLIII On the Allegories of the Prophets

XLIV On the Different Modes in which Prophets Receive Divine Messages

XLV The Various Classes of Prophets

XLVI The Allegorical Acts of Prophets formed Parts of Prophetic Visions

XLVII On the Figurative Style of the Prophetic Writings

XLVIII Scripture ascribes Phenomena directly produced by Natural Causes to God as the First Cause of all things

PART III.

"The Author's Introduction and Apology for Publishing, contrary to the Teaching of the Mishnah, an Interpretation of Ezek. i."

I "The "Four Faces" are Human Faces with four different peculiarities"

II The Hayyot and the Ofannim

III Further Explanation of the Hayyot and the Ofannim derived from Ezek. x.

IV The rendering of Ofan by Gilgal in the Targum of Jonathan

V The Vision of Ezekiel is divided into three stages : ( 1 ) Hayyot (=the Sphere) ; ( 2 ) Ofannium (=Earthly elements) ; and ( 3 ) the man above the Hayyot (=Intelligences)

VI On the Difference between the Vision of Ezekiel and that of Isaiah (vi.)

VII The Different Ways in which the Prophet perceived the Three Parts of the Mercabah (Chariot)

VIII Man has the Power to Control his Bodily Wants and Earthly Desires

IX The Material Element in Man Prevents him from Attaining Perfection

X God is not the Creator of Evil

XI Man is the Cause of his own Misfortunes

XII Three Kinds of Evil : ( 1 ) That caused by the Nature of Man ; ( 2 ) Caused by Man to Man ; ( 3 ) Caused by Man to himself

XIII The Universe has No other Purpose than its own Existence

XIV It is the Will of the Creator that the Spheres regulate the Affairs of Mankind

XV "Impossible Things are not ascribed to the Creator, but it is difficult to Prove the Impossibility in each Individual Case"

XVI On God's Omniscience

XVII Five Theories concerning Providence

XVIII Every Individual Member of Mankind enjoys the Influence of Divine Providence in proportion to his Intellectual Perfection

XIX It is an ancient Error to Assume that God takes no Notice of Man

XX God's Knowledge is Different from Man's Knowledge

XXI The Creator's knowledge of His Production is Perfect

XXII "Object of the Book of Job, and Explanation of the First Two Chapters"

XXIII Job and his Friends Discuss the various Theories concerning Providence

XXIV On Trials and Temptations

XXV The Actions of God are Not Purposeless

XXVI The Divine Precepts Serve a certain Purpose

XXVII The Object of the Divine Precepts is to Secure the Well-being of Man's Soul and Body

XXVIII "This Object is easily seen in some Precepts, whilst in others it is only known after due Reflection"

XXIX On the Sabeans or Star-worshippers

XXX It is one of the Objects of the Law of Moses to Oppose Idolatry

XXXI "The Law Promotes the Well-being of Man by teaching Truth, Morality and Social Conduct"

XXXII Why did God give Laws to Oppose Idolatry instead of Uprooting it directly?

XXXIII Another chief Object of the Law is to Train Man in Mastering his Appetites and Desires

XXXIV The Law is based on the ordinary condition of man

XXXV Division of the Precepts into Fourteen Classes

XXXVI "First Class of Precepts, to Know, Love and Fear God"

XXXVII "Second Class, Laws concerning Idolatry"

XXXVIII "Third Class, Moral Precepts"

XXXIX "Fourth Class, Laws relating to Charity"

XL "Fifth Class, Compensation for Injury and the Duty of Preventing Sin"

XLI "Sixth Class, Punishment of the Sinner"

XLII "Seventh Class, Equity and Honesty"

XLIII "Eighth Class, Sabbath and Festivals"

XLIV "Ninth Class, Prayer, Tefillin, Zizit and Mezuzab"

XLV "Tenth Class, The Temple, its Vessels and its Ministers"

XLVI "Eleventh Class, Sacrifices"

XLVII "Twelfth Class, Distinction between Clean and Unclean ; and on Purification"

XLVIII "Thirteenth Class, Dietary Laws"

XLIX "Fourteenth Class, Marriage Laws"

LXXVI On Scriptural Passages with seemingly Purposeless Contents

LI How God is worshipped by a Perfect Man

LII On the Fear of God

LIII "Explanation of Hesed (Love), Mishpat (Judgment), and Zedakah (Righteousness)"

LIV On True Wisdom

Index of Scriptural Passages

Index of Quotations from the Targumim

Index of Quotations from the Midrashim

Index of Quotations from the Talmud

Index of References to Other Works of Maimonides

Index of References to Works of Science and Philosophy

Alphabetical Index

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KIER8, October 10, 2008 (view all comments by KIER8)
Michael Friedlander, the Principal of Jews College [a London rabbinical seminary], produced the first complete annotated English translation of the Moses Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed [a classic study of philosophy and the Bible] in 1885. His revised one volume edition [without the notes] was published in 1904. Dover Press issued this fine paperback reprint.
In addition to the unabridged translation, it contains: a brief biography of Maimonides, a 50 page introduction and analysis of the Guide, and seven indexes {scriptural passages, quotations from Targumin, Midrashim, and Talmud, references to other works of Maimonides and to works of science and philosophy, and a subject index].
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Complete text of crucial medieval work of philosophy: reconciliation of Aristotle and Scripture. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Maimonides, brilliant forerunner of Aquinas.

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Great classic of medieval Judaism, major attempt to reconcile revealed religion
— Pentateuch, commentaries — and Aristotelian philosophy. Enormously important in all Western thought. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Unabridged Friedlander translation. 50-page introduction. "...a great influence on Jewish and Christian scholasticism." — Jewish Civic Press.

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Great classic of medieval Judaism, major attempt to reconcile revealed religion
— Pentateuch, commentaries — and Aristotelian philosophy. Enormously important in all Western thought. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Unabridged Friedlander translation. 50-page introduction. "...a great influence on Jewish and Christian scholasticism." — Jewish Civic Press.

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