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Rediscover a Groundbreaking Interpretation of One of Judaism’s Greatest Philosophers

September 29, 2009

Maimonides

Torah and Philosophic Quest, Expanded Edition

David Hartman

Praise for the earlier edition of this book:

David Hartman’s study of Maimonides is highly original and clearly and vigorously argued… It should prove to be an important contribution to the ongoing discussion of Maimonides.” Chaim Soloveitchik

Dr. Hartman’s study impressed me most favorably… His work is an important contribution toward the proper appreciation of the philosopher Maimonides.” Abraham S. Halkin

Originally published in 1976, Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest presents renowned scholar David Hartman’s unique and fascinating interpretation of Maimonides’ views on religion and philosophy. As relevant as ever, the expanded edition features a new postscript by Hartman that offers an innovative look at the 12th century philosopher who is regarded as one of the greatest Torah scholars of all time.

Hartman focuses on two of Maimonides’ most famous works: Mishneh Torah and Guide to the Perplexed. Though many scholars view these books as designed for different audiences (the student of halakhah - Jewish law, and the student of philosophy) and tend to select one of these aspects over the other, Hartman argues that it is essential to look at both adherence to the law and philosophical pursuits in order to gain a full understanding of Maimonides. Hartman’s 2009 postscript sheds new light on his argument and indeed on Judaism as Maimonides interpreted it.

David Hartman is founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, a center for the study of classical Jewish sources and of contemporary Israeli and Jewish issues. He is the author of A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism, Israelis and the Jewish Tradition: An Ancient People Debating Its Future. Dr. Hartman received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from McGill University.

November 2009

$22 Paper, 320 pages, 6 x 9”

ISBN: 978-0-8276-0911-2