Guide for the Perplexed
by Moses Maimonides
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In one of the
greatest works of Jewish thought, Rabbi Maimonides
explores the relationship between philosophical knowledge
and the teachings of the Torah. He discusses the concept
of God and explains how God should be described according
to the Torah. Maimonides also spends a significant amount
of time exploring the structure and characteristics of the universe.
Here, it is important to note that Maimonides wrote in a time before the
discoveries of science, so his Aristotelian worldview is framed by his
philosophical and theological commitments. Maimonides also considers
several mystic passages in the Torah in an attempt to challenge
traditional Jewish accounts of these passages. His teachings are
relevant to both Jewish and Christian communities and have influenced
many writers since his time. In addition, this translation offers
helpful background information regarding the life of Maimonides and his
original Arabic text.
CCEL Staff Writer