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Šelomo Ibn Gabirol: He That, From His Youth, Chose Wisdom

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Wisdom or the knowledge of God - in the words of Šelomo Ibn Gabirol - is that ancient wisdom which has reached the highest perfection, with which God created his universe and which is inseparable from him. Certainly, words of contemplation and philosophical thought are in a category to themselves, while words of poetry are in a category to themselves. Ibn Gabirol the poet is not like Ibn Gabirol the philosopher. Even though the Wisdom of God, which the cloud covers over and withholds its light from the poet, is described by the metaphor of a crescent moon whose light is soothing and tranquil, the short-lived revelation of God upon the poet - a small period of time in which Wisdom was attained - is described as a flash of lightning.

Keywords: Šelomo Ibn Gabirol; Chose Wisdom

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