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Happiness And Contemplation. The Contemplative Life

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God is a model in two senses: He is a paradigm of the advisability of cultivating both active and theoretical life and, at the same time, of the need to mark time with a binary rhythm: the time reserved for practical life during the week, and time for contemplation on the Sabbath, which must be dedicated to study, to thought, to the analysis of the sacred text and one's own doings. Thus this is the contemplative life: it is not so much an ecstatic form of pure vision of a God who, in any case, cannot be seen as to His essence, as much as reconsideration of God's word and of one's own actions.

Keywords:contemplation; contemplative life; God; happiness; Philo; Sabbath



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