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The Scope and Accuracy of Ezekiel's Prophecy

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/9780199768738.003.0009

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

The Scope and Accuracy of Ezekiel's Prophecy

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One of the most hidden aspects of the Guide, and possibly the most shocking, is that Maimonides intimates that Ezekiel's picture of the cosmos, depicted in the vision of the chariot, contains mistakes. This chapter considers those mistakes and the reasons for them. It argues that Maimonides associates Ezekiel with an entire worldview that contains numerous elements in popular religion. The worldview is one to which Maimonides objects and is similar to that of the Brethren of Purity, a group of which he is critical. He not only opposes their opinions, but even considers them idolatrous. One of the deepest secrets of the chariot, then, is that Ezekiel's worldview shares similarities with idolatry.

Keywords: chariot; secrets; Brethren of Purity; popular religion; idolatry

Chapter.  9912 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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