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Summaries of the Sermons

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This chapter talks about summaries of sermons. Sermon thirty deals with the degrees of love and fear outside and inside of man. Moscato examines several Scripture passages where fear of God and love of God are mentioned, either together or separately. The sermon Thirty-One likens God to the center and circumference of a circle. It describes man's perfect cleaving to God which constitutes the perfect happiness and life of man. In addition to quotations from the Zohar, Talmud, midrashim and later rabbinic authors (Isaac Abrabanel, Isaac Arama), Moscato supports his explanation with an allegorical interpretation of the Shemaʿ [65-101]. The frailty of human existence compels man to hasten to acquire the perfection necessary for attaining that goodness which is reserved for him after his death. Although man sins greatly, God, in His loving-kindness, considers man's premeditated sins to be merits when he repents out of love.

Keywords: God; love; Moscato; repentance; sermon



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