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For Shemini ʿAṣeret Divine Compasses

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This chapter begins with the argument of Sermon: its foundation is in the holy mountains of divine cleaving, determined and formed through a compass drawn circle which has radii extending from its center to its circumference. The prophet Isaiah spoke out against the wicked men of his generation: the dead live not, the shades rise not; to that end hast Thou punished and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. The statement meaning of the sages that the wicked are called "dead" even in their lifetime refers to the death of intellectual faculty which is the core part according to which man is defined. When Jeremiah comes to indicate that God is good towards the soul of the perfect man, he did not see fit to connect the sentence with the conjunction "waw" in order to not mix man's goodness with the goodness of the other natural creatures.

Keywords: dead; divine cleaving; divine compasses; goodness; Jeremiah; Sermon; Shemini ʿAṣeret



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