The Kuzari was written by Judah Halevi (Spain, – ). Originally Sefer Kuzariספר הכוזרי. מחבר: יהודה 2 English, 3 Hebrew3 עברית, 2 אנגלית. Versions. the kuzari is not in stock right now a new print will be ready in a few weeks you can order the book now and it will be sent when we will have copies. “The Kuzari: In Defense of the Despised Faith” is the first new translation into English of The Kuzari since , annotated and explained based on the classic .

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Kraus, Alchemie,lines 7—8: As mentioned above, six commentaries were printed in the fifteenth century, four of them known to us:. Judah upholds the doctrine of free will against the Epicureans and the Fatalistsand endeavors to reconcile it with the belief in God’s providence and omniscience.

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Write a customer review. The discussion of this issue occupies a good part of the fourth book of the Kuzari,62 and englisy worthy of being considered a unique contribu- tion to Arab thought. World Union of Jewish Studies, For the aim of ethical training, which eng,ish the object of religion, is not to create in man good intentions, but to cause him to perform good deeds.

English Choose a language for shopping. These writings were aimed at exclusively Jewish audiences and as such could have no real resonance among the wider circles of Arabic culture. Hence, he will see that those things that are completely innovated, which are divine, enlish appeared for the most part only in a special land, namely, the Holy ouzari, among a special people, namely, the Children of Israel, at that [special] time, and in connection with those [special] circumstances [that] were associated with them, such as [performance of] religious duties and customary procedures [sanctioned by tradition].

Departing from the natural order, this unique order is a miraculous one, by virtue of the fact that events that happen under it are not subject to the causality that operates in nature but to a diffferent and divine kind of causality.

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However, Judah ha-Levi is against limiting philosophical speculation to matters concerning creation and God; he follows the Greek philosophers in examining the creation of the material world. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


Views Read Edit View history. He provides special appendices for understanding difficult subjects like Hebrew grammar, Greek philosophy which was the science of the timethe international date line, etc. Judah Halevi, for his part, omits the motif of exploitation and subjugation from his hierarchical presentation in the Kuzari.

Ina Hebrew translation by Rabbi Yosef Qafih from the Arabic original was published, which is now in its fourth edition published in The position of the Jewish literati in the world of Arabic culture during the period under consideration was extremely marginal.

Thus he admits that every being is made up of matter and form.

The article was translated from Hebrew by Tamar Liza Cohen. This level, that of the divine order, is the additional upper level in the mundane world that relates to the causal process of the emanation of forms from the divine source and their conjunction with the prepared mat- ter of the chosen of humanity, who are englush with a superhuman nature.

For Halevi, this concern was accompanied by a feeling of anxiety and apprehension over the character of Jewish culture, of which he, as a purist, was a self-appointed spokesperson and defender.

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Brill,—; Lazarus-Yafe, Intertwined Worlds, 30— Edinburgh University Press, Footnotes in the text indicate R. Kogan and Lawrence V. Nevertheless, that same poetic corpus of the Jewish writers in the Arabic cultural milieu, although written in Hebrew, was adapted to the well-known Arabic poetic meters, which were foreign to Hebrew poetry written before that era. See also Lobel, Mysticism and Philosophy, — The Kuzari reflects this transition in Judeo-Arabic thought in al-Andalus: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He was a Spanish Jewish poet who composed a book on Jewish theology that captured the attention of many Jews. Customers who bought this item also bought.

While it is true that that the Bible states that God chose and loves the Israelites, the Bible also states that God created, chose, and loves all the divine creations. See further Richard C. Later, in the twelfth century, the ideological clash between late paganism and Christianity was a distant echo of a struggle whose winner had long been decided. He insists that Jews are the only people that God loves; God gives Jews special attention and even unearned assistance.


In the same vein, in Kuzari I, [39], the Khazar king prepares to attribute to the adherents of Judaism the belligerent behavior he attributed to the adherents of the ruling religions of Christianity and Islam in I, 2. See all 7 reviews. Everyone is chosen, everyone is equally good, and everyone has the potential and duty to develop themselves.

Only Jews receive prophecy, which is an exclusive valuable gift from God, expressing his love for the Jews. The movement of the spheres formed the sphere of the elements, from the fusion of which all beings were created. He exposes the pagan-originated practices—theurgical methods based on human judgment—as useless and unfounded.

The list of these invalidating criteria was formulated so as to present Islam in particular as inauthentic, but the Christian writers also tried to show that, with the exception of the one authentic Christian religion, the rest of the religions, including Judaism, were also inauthentic.

Late pagan thought dismissed the possibility of direct englih between the divine and the human embod- ied by prophecy, favoring instead the hierarchical-cosmological claim of an unbridgeable gap between the upper pure spiritual entity of the one sublime divinity, and the lower material human kuuzari. The study of the Kuzari seems to have become very popular in the 15th century.

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Ships from and sold by Amazon. The following are Halevi’s words: Brepols, forthcoming in ] to an in-depth exploration of this subject. Log In Sign Up. He does this in order to emphasize not the kuzagi but the gap between these two parts of religious law. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.