Critical Analysis Of Guide To The Perplexed By Maimonides

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In order to begin to analyze any text on Maimonides one need to have an understanding of pertinent information historically and biographically. Maimonides also know as Moses Ben Maimon or RaMBaM was born is Cordova Spain in 1135. At 13 he and his family fled because his town was captured by the Almohad Muslim sect. He wrote most of his major works in Egypt where he also practiced as a physician. He wrote a grammar book at the young age of seventeen which is still studied to this day by the many students of Hebrew grammar. He undertook a project of writing a comprehensive book of halacha, codifying it topic by topic a novel and contreversal approach at this time(Schloss 81). This ...view middle of the document...

In Fagenblatt's article "....." he struggles to reconcile Maimonides' negative theology with the listing moral and ethical symbolic descriptions found in the Divine attributes in Shmot 33. In Shmot 33:13, Moshe requests to see Hashem's ways. What are these ways? Hashem shows him the knowledge to understand the creation of the universe and the inter-relationships of all of it therein. He divulged the nature and connections of creation to Moshe because one can understand the actions of creation and describe them in human language. Moshe was able to grasp and understand the information that Hashem revealed to him because of the unique character of their relationship. Moshe is very pious and humble and admits that he can only see the ways of Hashem if "I find grace in Thy sight" (Shmot 33:13). Hashem responds that "I will do this thing ......for you have found grace in my sight"(Shmot 33:17).Fagenblatt explains that humility in a fundamental trait required in order to open oneself to the knowledge of G-d.(128)
Then Moshe makes a second request to reveal His glory (Shmot33:18). Here Hashem...

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