[PDF] ✩ The Book of Beliefs and Opinions Author Saadia Gaon – Loufanet.info

The Book of Beliefs and Opinions indeed one of the best I enjoid Yale Judaica Series Saadya Ben Joseph Al Fayyumi , Gaon Head Of The Rabbinic Academy At Sura One Of The Preeminent Jewish Thinkers Of The Medieval Period, Attempted To Create A Complete Statement Of Jewish Religious Philosophy In Which All Strands Of Philosophical Thought Were To Be Knit Into A Unified System In The Book Of Doctrines Beliefs , Saadya Sought To Rescue Believers From A Sea Of Doubt The Waters Of Confusion Into Which They Had Been Cast By Christianity, Islam Other Faiths By Employing Philosophical Or Kalamic Argumentation To Examine Defend Traditional Jewish Beliefs, Saadya Hoped To Turn Blind Faith Into Conviction Based On Rational Understanding This novel taught me a lot about philosophy of religion and made me think critically about beliefs in general. This isn t the first time I ve read it in the original Hebrew, as translated by Rabbi Kappach zt l Every time I learn something new. Perhaps the first systemization of Judaism as a philosophically sound project Written in tenth century Babylon, Saadya, an important community teacher, has to contend with numerous challenges Karaties rejecting the Rabbinic writings Christians claiming Incarnation Muslims insisting on aniconic monotheism traditional Jews wary of Greek thinking secular philosophers skeptical of revealed religion Saadya takes them on, defending Judaism as compatible with Reason, needing philosophy in or Perhaps the first systemization of Judaism as a philosophically sound project Written in tenth century Babylon, Saadya, an important community teacher, has to contend with numerous challenges Karaties rejecting the Rabbinic writings Christians claiming Incarnation Muslims insisting on aniconic monotheism traditional Jews wary of Greek thinking secular philosophers skeptical of revealed religion Saadya takes them on, defending Judaism as compatible with Reason, needing philosophy in order to clear up error and render reasonable the reliable tradition of the rabbis This edition gives you some sturdy footnotes explaining the Arabic and Hebrew when it counts It s a period piece, larded with dogma about the afterlife, the soul and the prophets, but worth working through My favorite bit how to bolster the heart towards good After all that rationalism Saadya prescribes the composition of poems which remind man of his state of frailty, wretchedness and toil and mortality

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