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Isaac Abravanel on miracles, creation, prophecy, and evil : the tension between medieval Jewish philosophy and biblical commentary

Author: Alfredo Fabio Borodowski
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©2003.
Series: Studies in biblical literature, v. 53.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How do philosophical theories influence the reading of the Bible? How did the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance alter the views of God, miracles, creation, prophecy, and evil? This book explores these questions in detail through the work of Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508), a great Jewish statesman, philosopher, and biblical interpreter who embodied the fundamental paradigm shift from the Middle Ages to  Read more...
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Named Person: Isaac Abravanel; Yiṣḥāq Abravanêl; Isaac Abravanel
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alfredo Fabio Borodowski
ISBN: 0820462365 9780820462363
OCLC Number: 50291144
Description: xvi, 241 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The Cyclical Character of Abravanel's Political and Intellectual Life --
Abravanel's Cultural Milieu --
Abravanel's Impact Upon Jewish Scholarship --
Abravanel as a Philosopher-Exegete --
The Relevance of the Supernatural as a Case Study --
The Concept of a Miracle: The Possible and the Impossible --
The Concept of Possible and Impossible in Medieval Jewish Philosophy --
The Possible and Impossible in Abravanel's Philosophical System --
Conclusions: The Unifying Principles of Omnipotence --
The Possible Cases of the Impossible --
Creation Ex-Nihilo and the Proof from Language --
Imagination and Intellect as Measures of the Impossible --
Creation as the Archetypal Miracle --
Naturalistic and Anti-Naturalistic Doctrines of Creation and Miracles --
The Relative Nature of Induction --
Miracles and Causality: The Muslim Connection --
The Case of the Fire --
The Deceiving Power of Observation --
The Possibility of a Non-Burning Fire --
The Hidden Burner --
Induction and a Miraculous Exception --
The Impossible Nature of Inference --
The Possible Nature of Possibility: The Possible as Active, Independent and Imaginary --
Possibility as Inherent in the Agent --
Passive Possibilities as Mental Constructions --
The Particular Character of Natural Generation --
Summary and Conclusions: Possibility as an Equivocal Term --
Miracles and the Possibility of Ex-Nihilo Creation --
Abravanel: Miracles as Unnatural Irruptions --
Gersonides: Miracles as a Natural Anomaly --
Abravanel's Rejection of Gersonides' Severance of Miracles and Creation.
Series Title: Studies in biblical literature, v. 53.
Responsibility: Alfredo Fabio Borodowski.
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"How do philosophical theories influence the reading of the Bible? How did the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance alter the views of God, miracles, creation, prophecy, and evil? This book explores these questions in detail through the work of Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508), a great Jewish statesman, philosopher, and biblical interpreter who embodied the fundamental paradigm shift from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. This book also serves as an invaluable reference guide to such medieval Jewish philosophers as Saadia, Maimonides, and Gersonides, as well as some of their Muslim counterparts such as Averroes, Avicenna, and al-Ghazali, in most of the fundamental issues of philosophy and biblical interpretation."--BOOK JACKET.

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