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The Belief in One God Ephraim E. Urbach

The Belief in One God

Ephraim E. Urbach

Published January 4th 2014
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32 pages
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Brief semantic book structure:The monotheistic concept — the recitation of the Shema and the Decalogue — the negation of idolatry — kofer ba-‘iqqar [one who denies the primary principle of faith] — denial of Providence and the ‘Epicurean’ — faithMoreBrief semantic book structure:The monotheistic concept — the recitation of the Shema and the Decalogue — the negation of idolatry — kofer ba-‘iqqar [one who denies the primary principle of faith] — denial of Providence and the ‘Epicurean’ — faith and its meaning.Based on an exhaustive study of the sources by means of philological-historical methods, the work presents a vivid picture of the religious and social thoughts of the Tannaim and Amoraim, their absorption and rejection of extraneous concepts, their spiritual struggles and the goals they sought to achieve. The intellectual ferment marking this era crystallized principles that fashioned the Jewish national and religious image for generations.The wisdom of the great Jewish teachers of antiquity is on display here like in no other book. Two indexes (one by topic, one by texts mentioned and both are hyperlinked to their relevant pages for ease of use) help the reader make use of the many obscurer texts that Urbach quotes, some of them virtually impossible to find in translation anywhere.The sheer wealth of material collected in this volume is amazing. The book is well organized by doctrine or belief, and Urbach does an excellent job of quoting the texts that he uses to come to his conclusions about what the Sages (Rabbis) believed, when and where they believed it, and how the belief changed over time.