Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Mystical Perspectives on the by Sheelah Treflé Hidden

By Sheelah Treflé Hidden

The resurgence of mysticism within the religions within the previous few many years certainly stems from a frequent desire for a deeper, extra contemplative spirituality. Jewish, Christian and Islamic Mystical views at the Love of God, explores what Jews, Christians, and Muslims can study from their very own religion, from the adventure of a discussion that seeks, at its most sensible, to stand them with whatever new, unusual, and unforeseen. The publication bears witness, through the nice non secular thinkers of the 3 traditions, to what turns into attainable whilst friendship and integrity are allowed to flourish.

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Blumenthal quotes a famous passage from the beginning of the Mishneh Torah to the effect that as one learns more of creation so one’s soul “will thirst for God, and the flesh will yearn to love the Omnipresent” at the same time as experiencing shame and inadequacy when one thinks of the spheres and pure forms that have never had contact with—or presumably been corrupted by—physical matter. Nevertheless, for Maimonides intellectual development will lead to an intensified love of God and is absolutely essential if such love is to be properly nurtured.

He is concerned with something different, that mysterious moment that precedes the action of God’s self-utterance. ”34 What he describes is the beginning of prophecy. The action of the prophet, not just speaking but acting for justice in the name of God, begins with words that belong in their final reference elsewhere, in the Godgiven grace that makes all tasks possible. Prophets are always responsible to that Word; their sense of self comes not from any interior experience or consciousness but from a self-attestation before the Word.

2. For Maimonides as communal leader see A. Halkin and D. , Epistles of Maimonides: Crisis and Leadership (Philadelphia: JPS, 1993). 3. For David Blumenthal’s articles see D. R. Blumenthal, “Maimonides’ Intellectual Mysticism and the Superiority of the Prophecy of Moses,” in Approaches to Judaism in Medieval Times: Brown Judaic Studies, ed. D. R. Blumenthal, vol. 54 (Providence, RI: Brown University, 1984), pp. 27–52. 5html-UnitedStates. For a different approach see I. Gruenwald, “Maimonides’ Quest beyond Philosophy and Prophecy,” in Perspectives, ed.

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