“Secrets of the Torah”: Ezekiel's Vision of the Chariot

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:

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

“Secrets of the Torah”: Ezekiel's Vision of the Chariot

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This chapter provides an extensive and detailed account of Maimonides' exegesis of Ezekiel's vision, the deepest secret of the Torah. Maimonides uses hints to indicate that he interprets the vision as a parable of the cosmos. He calls attention to features of different aspects of the vision in order to draw the reader's attention to similarities between the way in which they are described and the way in which aspects of the world work. The chapter shows how some of the hints point toward other sections of the Guide in which Maimonides explains the meaning clearly. Others hint toward ideas that are not explained in the Guide but require wider reading. In order to understand the parable, a reader must connect diverse chapters of the Guide, be familiar with science and philosophy, and be capable of independent understanding.

Keywords: secrets; cosmos; hints; Ezekiel; Torah; parable; chariot

Chapter.  12900 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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