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Maimonides and Buber

Jon Levenson / December 25, 2013

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What are the implications of Maimonides’ privileging our rational capacities over our imaginative ones, for his views on God, prayer, women, Christianity, and Islam? Similarly, what are the implications of Buber's privileging human relations over rationality for his views on God, prayer, women, Christianity and Islam?




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Jon Levenson

Jon Levenson is the Albert A. List Professorof Jewish Studies at Harvard University. His book Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: TheUltimate Victory of the God of Life (Yale University Press, 2006) won a National Jewish Book Award and the Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award in the category of Best Book Relating to the Hebrew Bible published in 2005 or 2006. His most recent book is Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton University Press, 2012). His work concentrates onthe interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, including its reinterpretations in the “rewritten Bible” of SecondTemple Judaism and rabbinic midrash.

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