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Introduction

Daniel Davies

in Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199768738
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918980 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768738.003.0001

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

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This chapter explains the place that metaphysics holds in Maimonides' thought. It also introduces the question of esotericism in the Guide and scholarship on Maimonides. It explains that the Guide is a multilayered commentary on a multilayered book; it is both exegesis and imitation of the Bible. There are a number of biblical features that it attempts to reproduce, including the variety of messages and the multiple methods of communication aimed at different levels of audience.

Keywords: metaphysics; esotericism; exegesis; commentary; Bible

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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