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Maimonides'S Personality And Oeuvre

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Maimonides's unique genius was expressed in the fact that he united in his person in rare perfection and marvellous balance the two universal legacies that comprised Western civilization in its highest manifestation at that time: the monotheistic religious legacy that prevailed in the social and political sphere, and the Greek scientific and philosophical legacy that prevailed in the cultural sphere. Maimonides's intellectual project was revolutionary in its scope. This fact was at the source of the two controversies that it provoked: on the one hand between him and his opponents and on the other hand among his interpreters. Some saw him as restoring the Torah's integrity. Others saw him as bringing about a profound schism in the Jewish people. The Maimonidean controversy led to a major parting of the ways in the understanding of Judaism.

Keywords: Jewish people; Judaism; Maimonides; Torah's integrity; Western civilization



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