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Gersonides" account of the creation of the world.

Jacob Joseph Staub

Gersonides" account of the creation of the world.

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Published in Philadelphia .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Levi ben Gershon -- 1288-1344,
  • The wars of the Lord (Milhamot ha-schem),
  • Creation,
  • Religion -- Philosophy

  • Classifications
    LC ClassificationsB759L4 S68
    The Physical Object
    Pagination2 v.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL15441662M

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Gersonides" account of the creation of the world. by Jacob Joseph Staub Download PDF EPUB FB2

Gersonides argues that the world was created outside of time by a freely willing agent. He must then decide whether the world was engendered ex nihilo or out of a preexistent matter. Arguing that ex nihilo creation is incompatible with physical reality, he adopts a model drawn from Plato's Timaeus.

GERSONIDES. GERSONIDES ( – ), French mathematician and philosopher, known also as Levi Ben Gershom and, in rabbinic texts, by the acronym RaLBaG (Rabbi Levi ben Gershom). Born in Bagnols, Gersonides lived most of his life in Orange and Avignon.

Little else is known about him other than where he resided in Provence under the protection of the popes. Gersonides is an important character in the novel The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears, where he is depicted as the mentor of the protagonist Olivier de Noyen, a non-Jewish poet and intellectual.

A (fictional) encounter between Gersonides and Pope Clement VI at Avignon during the Black Death is a major element in the book's plot. AwardsBorn: Levi ben Gershon,Bagnols-sur-Cèze. Creation of the World According to Gersonides: (Brown Judaic studies) [Staub, Jacob J.] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

Creation of the World According to Gersonides: (Brown Judaic studies)5/5(1). Samuelson N () Gersonides’ account of God’s knowledge of particulars. J Hist Philos – Google Scholar Staub J () The creation of the world according to Gersonides.

Gersonides (Levi ben Gershom [acronym RaLBaG], –), one of the most important figures in the history of Jewish philosophy, was a fourteenth-century rabbi, philosopher, scientist, and Bible commentator who flourished within the Jewish community in. Gersonides' account of miracles, however, is so highly naturalistic that it actually does accord with the account of creation by will offered here.

In other words, the proposed Gersonidean solution to the problem of creation by will succeeds. But in the final analysis I show that Gersonides' account of. In a dense 10 chapters, the book provides the reader with a detailed summary of Gersonides account of the creation of the world.

book worldview in areas such as the Bible, creation, Divine knowledge and omnipotence, prophecy and more. Gersonides has a number of contentious opinions, and none of it greater than his approach to divine by: 3.

On the question of creation, Gersonides finds the arguments against ex nihilo compelling, and he accordingly accepts the existence of coeval matter that was fashioned by God into the present : Tzvi Langermann.

The Challenge of Creation is a completely revised and vastly expanded edition of The Science Of Torah. That work was widely hailed as the best book of its kind for its honesty and thoroughness of approach. The Challenge of Creation builds upon its approach, covering more issues and in greater depth.

Additional Physical Format: Online version: Staub, Jacob J. Creation of the world according to Gersonides. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, © (OCoLC) The Hebrew Bible commences with a majestic cosmological account of the genesis of the universe.

According to Genesis –a (the P account according to the documentary hypothesis), God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. The verb brʾ used in the very first sentence of the creation story does not imply, as most traditional commentators believed, creatio ex nihilo.

Gersonides by Seymour Feldman,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide/5(3). Professor Kellner is one of the more productive and creative scholars in medieval. Jewish thought. Over the years he has published many important essays on various aspects of medieval Jewish philosophy, especially on Gersonides and Maimonides.

These studies are fundamental readings for Gersonides account of the creation of the world. book student of medieval Jewish philosophy. This anthology of his writings is a most valuable contribution to. • T.M. Rudavsky, “Creation, Time and Infinity in Gersonides,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (), • N.

Samuelson, “Gersonides’ Account of God’s Knowledge of Particulars,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 10 (), • J. Staub, The. in his commentary on BA (=9 Gersonides adopts the same ). notion of scala naturae and recapitulates it in his account of the six days of creation.

Book VI of the Wars is dedicated to an extensive presentation of Gersonides’ views regarding the creation of the world.

A pivotal point of his discussion is the interpretation of the scriptural. Creation, Time and Infinity in Gersonides T. RUDAVSKY 1. INTRODUCTION In this paper I should like to examine Gersonides' theory of time and the infinite as developed against the backdrop of his views on creation.

Two questions are of paramount importance: the creation of the universe, and the notion of the by: 2. Creation, Time and Infinity in Gersonides T.

RUDAVSKY 1. INTRODUCTION In this paper I should like to examine Gersonides' theory of time and the infinite as developed against the backdrop of his views on creation. Two questions are of paramount importance: the creation of the universe, and the. Providence and the rabbinic tradition -- Mosaic prophecy: Maimonides and Gersonides -- Eschatology and miracles -- Creation, miracles, revelation -- Song of Songs and Gersonides' world -- Maimonides and Gersonides on astronomy and metaphysics -- Gersonides on the Song of Songs and the nature of science -- Politics and perfection: Gersonides vs.

Maimonides -- The role of the active intellect in Author: Menachem Kellner. Allegorical interpretations of Genesis are readings of the biblical Book of Genesis that treat elements of the narrative as symbols or types, rather than viewing them literally as recording historical way, Judaism and most sects of Christianity treat Genesis as canonical scripture, and believers generally regard it as having spiritual significance.

LEVI BEN GERSHOM. LEVI BEN GERSHOM (–; acronym: RaLBaG; also called Maestre Leo de Bagnols; Magister Leo Hebraeus; Gersonides), mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and biblical commentator, born probably at Bagnols-sur-Cèze (Languedoc – now département du Gard, France).He lived primarily in Orange and briefly at Avignon.

Little is known about his life beyond the fact that he. (Gersonides, Trans. Seymour Feldman Wars of the Lord, Book 1, p. 81, JPS, )" On Creation: "Having thus demonstrated that the world is not eternal "a parte ante" and is eternal "a parte post," Levi gives his own view of : Orthoprax.

The article focuses on Gersonides' use of Aristotle's concept of chance (Physics II) as an investigative tool in his inquiries in the Wars of the Lord.

Four examples are studied: Divine providence (Wars IV), the agent that generates animate substances (Wars V.3), the agent of miracles (Wars VI. ), and the creation of the world. The Creation of the World According to Gersonides (Chico, CA: Scholars Press, ) (Brown Judaic Studies no.

24). Detailed study of Gersonides’ account of creation, based on Treatises I and VI of the Wars and on Gersonides’ commentary on Genesis. Staub, Jacob. The book of Job has a rich reception history in theology, philosophy, liturgy, and the arts. This chapter surveys reception in Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and post‐religious traditions, finding Author: Robert Eisen.

The Secret of the Ma'aseh Merkava According to Maimonides Already in the time of the Rabbis, Ezekiel’s vision of the chariot was considered to be esoteric knowledge. Although most Jewish exegetes interpret it as a metaphorical teaching about God, Maimonides interpreted it to be about science and astronomy.

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A new 75 page article on miracles in Gersonides. Very well done, working out all the naturalistic details. Gersonides' Use of Aristotle's Meteorology in his Accounts of some Biblical Miracles Sara Klein-Braslavy Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism JulVol.

10, No. 2: – Abstract (Summary) In his theological-philosophical treatise the Wars of. ISBN: OCLC Number: Description: pages ; 25 cm.

Contents: Providence and the rabbinic tradition --Mosaic prophecy: Maimonides and Gersonides --Eschatology and miracles --Creation, miracles, revelation --Song of Songs and Gersonides' world --Maimonides and Gersonides on astronomy and metaphysics --Gersonides on the Song of Songs and.

Judaism - Judaism - The Judaic tradition: A paradigmatic statement is made in the narrative that begins with Genesis and ends with Joshua. In the early chapters of Genesis, the divine is described as the creator of humankind and the entire natural order.

In the stories of Eden, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel, humans are recognized as rebellious and disobedient. Born and educated in the United States, Menachem Kellner (PhD Washington University in St. Louis, ) has lived in Israel for the last 30 years.

Author, editor, or translator of 16 books and over scholarly articles, Kellner’s most recent book is Maimonides’ Confrontation with Mysticism (). “ Professor Kellner is one of the more productive and creative scholars in medieval.

The Greek name for this book — "genesis" points to its context: an account of the creation of the world, the first people and the first communities in patriarchal times.

As was already stated, the description of the creation of the world follows a religious and not a scientific aim, specifically: to show that God is the primary Designer and.

Gersonides is an important character in the novel The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears, where he is depicted as the mentor of the protagonist Olivier de Noyen, a non-Jewish poet and intellectual.

A (fictional) encounter between Gersonides and Pope Clement VI at Avignon during the Black Death is a major element in the book's plot.

Bibliography. Although Maimonides did not write a running commentary on any book of the Bible, biblical exegesis occupies a central place in his writings, particularly in his Guide of the this book, Sara Klein-Braslavy offers a collection of essays on several key biblical interpretations by Maimonides dealing with the creation of the world; the story of the Garden of Eden; Jacob’s dream of.

The bringing into existence of the world by the act of God. Most Jewish philosophers find in (Genesis ) creation ex nihilo ().The etymological meaning of the verb, however, is "to cut out and put into shape," and thus presupposes the use of fact was recognized by Ibn Ezra and Naḥ manides, for instance (commentaries on Genesis see also Maimonides, "Moreh Nebukim," Levi ben Gershon, better known by his Latinised name as Gersonides or the abbreviation of first letters as RaLBaG (–), philosopher, Talmudist, mathematician, astronomer/astrologer.

He was born at Bagnols in Languedoc, France. According to Abraham Zacuto and others, he was the son of Gerson ben Solomon Catalan. As in the case of the other medieval Jewish philosophers little is known.

The Challenge of Creation is an invaluable resource for anyone grappling with conflicts between science and religion. Carefully, methodically, and eschewing sensationalistic or dogmatic claims in favor of reasoned analysis, it shows how some of the greatest Jewish thinkers explained Judaism and Genesis in a way that complements modern science /5.

Classical rabbinic teachings. Many rabbis believe that God completed the creation of the world close to 6, years ago. This view is based on a chronology developed in a midrash, Seder Olam, which was based on a literal reading of the Book of is attributed to the Tanna Yose ben Halafta, and covers history from the creation of the universe to the construction of the Second Temple in.

This book was supposed to be the first part of a two-volume work that Crescas intended to write. The set was to be named Ner Elohim (Candle of God).

The second book was to have been a work on Jewish law. The original aim of Crescas’s project was to counter the two major works of Maimonides by writing: I.

The bringing into existence of the world by the act of God. Most Jewish philosophers find in (Gen. 1) creation ex nihilo ().The etymological meaning of the verb, however, is "to cut out and put into shape," and thus presupposes the use of fact was recognized by Ibn Ezra and Naḥmanides, for instance (commentaries on Gen.

1; see also Maimonides, "Moreh Nebukim," ii. Seymour Feldman. Gersonides: Judaism within the Limits of Reason. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN Reviewed by Norbert Samuelson (Arizona State University) Published on H-Judaic (September, ) Commissioned by Jason Kalman (Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion).

Forget Moses’s impassioned plea to the Israelites concerning their choices among the many blessings and curses that God reportedly set before them as they were about to cross the Jordan river into their promised land.

(See Deut., ) Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne claims we have no ability to choose freely among alternatives. According.The vast majority of classical Rabbis hold that God created the world close to 6, years ago, and created Adam and Eve from clay. This view is based on a chronology developed in a midrash, Seder Olam, which was based on a literal reading of the book of Genesis.