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Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed$
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Daniel Davies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768738.001.0001

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Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

Daniel Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the place that metaphysics holds in Maimonides' thought. It also introduces the question of esotericism in the Guide and scholarship on Maimonides. It explains that the Guide is a multilayered commentary on a multilayered book; it is both exegesis and imitation of the Bible. There are a number of biblical features that it attempts to reproduce, including the variety of messages and the multiple methods of communication aimed at different levels of audience.

Keywords:   metaphysics, esotericism, exegesis, commentary, Bible

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