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A Different Hue To Medieval Jewish Philosophy: Four Investigations Into An Unstudied Philosophical Text

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This chapter describes the extensive work of medieval Jewish philosophy. It survives in fragmentary form in a single manuscript. The chapter focuses exclusively upon distinct colorings, which set this work apart from any other writing of the medieval period that the author has seen. It deals with two issues that combine to define the authors theological orientation: panentheism and a polemic against dualism. The chapter dwells longest on the second of these, mainly because it offers the most promising leads for locating treatise in historical context. The author's discussion of astronomical matters, much like his treatment of the one as well as other issues that must be left out of the chapter, is reminiscent of Levi ben Geršom. His long discourse on the notion of unity, and his quest to uphold the one, transcendent, creator God, leads him to investigate the subject of motion.

Keywords: anti-dualistic polemic; astronomy; medieval jewish philosophy; panentheism



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