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THE GUIDE  

   

     An Explanatory Commentary on Each Chapter

    of Maimonides' Guide of The Perplexed

                                       By:  Scott Michael Alexander

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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Title Page

 

Dedication

 

Relevant Chronology

 

Commentators Preface  New

 

COMMENTARY ESSAYS ON THE GUIDE OF THE PERPLEXED

 

Introduction I: Maimonides’ Introduction To The Guide Of The Perplexed - The Well, The Pearl And The Golden Apple

                      Appendix A: Rabbi Abravanel’s Commentary on pages 7a through 8a of Maimonides’ Introduction to the

                                            Ibn Tibbon translation of The Guide of the Perplexed.

                      Appendix B: The Golden Apple: Grammatic and Etymological issues: Language as Camouflage for Dangerous                                                          Content.

Introduction II: Maimonides’ Introduction To The Guide Of The Perplexed – Contradictions

 

VOLUME ONE

 

Guide 1:1 Open The Gates

 

Guide 1:2 Garden Of Truth

 

Guide 1:3 Form And Shape

 

Guide 1:4 Seeing

 

Guide 1:5 More Warnings

 

Guide 1:6 Woman

 

Guide 1:7 Progeny or Demons?

 

Guide 1.8 Blessed Is The Lord From His Place

 

Guide 1:9 Thrones

 

Guide 1:10 Ascent and Descent

 

Guide 1:11 Enthroned

 

Guide 1:12 Rise

 

Guide 1:13 Stand

 

Guide 1:14 Man

 

Guide 1:15 The Prophet Stands

 

Guide 1:16 Rock

 

Guide 1:17 Philosophical Parables?

 

Guide 1:18 Encounter

 

Guide 1:19 Fulfillment

 

Guide 1:20 Elevation

 

Guide 1:21 Crossing

 

Guide 1:22 Descent

 

Guide 1:23 Hide and Seek

 

Guide 1:24 Walking

 

Guide 1:25 Indwelling

 

Guide 1:26 The Torah Speaks in the Language of Men

 

Guide 1:27 Prophetic Dreams

 

Guide 1:28 Foot

 

Guide 1:29 Withdrawal

 

Guide 1:30 Consume

 

Guide 1:31 Limits of the Corporealized Intellect

 

Guide 1:32 Transcending the Limits of Corporealized Intellect

 

Guide 1:33 Beginnings

 

Guide 1:34 Teaching Divine Science

 

Guide 1:35 Dogma

 

Guide 1:36 Heresy

 

Guide 1:37 Face to Face

 

Guide 1:38 Receptivity

 

Guide 1:39 Heart

 

Guide 1:40 Spirit

 

Guide 1:41 Soul

 

Guide 1:42 Life and Death

 

Guide 1:43 Angel Wings/Concealment

 

Guide 1:44 A Vision of Providence

 

Guide 1:45 Sh’ma

 

Guide 1:46 Bold Description

 

Guide 1:47 & 48 How to Rewrite the Torah

 

Guide 1:49 Angels, Providence, and The Eternal Feminine

 

Guide 1:50 True Faith?

 

Guide 1:51 Self-Evident Truths

 

Guide 1:52 Maimonides’ “Affirmative Attributes”: A New Ordering

 

Guide 1:53 Does God Create Himself?

 

Guide 1:54 The Theological-Political Problem

 

Guide 1:55 Four Physical Things We Cannot Predicate of God

 

Guide 1:56 A Meditation On Similarity

 

Guide 1:57 About Attributes But Deeper

 

Guide 1:58 Stuttering

 

Guide 1:59 Silence

 

Guide 1:60 Negation Abusers

 

Guide 1:61 Tetragrammaton

 

Guide 1:62 The Name Of The Rose

 

Guide 1:63 Mosaic Prophecy and Maimonidean Esotericism

 

Guide 1:64 Essence And Emanation

 

Guide 1:65 The Word Of God

 

Guide 1:66 What Is The Miracle Of Torah?

 

Guide 1:67 And He Rested

 

Guide 1:68 God’s Mind and Man’s Mind

 

Guide 1:69 Life Of The Worlds

 

Guide 1:70 Aravot

 

Guide 1:71 Introduction To The Kalām (Islamic Theology)

 

Guide 1:72 Cosmos and Microcosmos

 

Guide 1:73 The Twelve Propositions of Kalām Theology

 

Guide 1:74 The Seven Kalām Arguments for Creation Ex Nihilo

 

Guide 1:75 The Five Kalām Arguments for The Unity Of God

 

Guide 1:76 The Three Kalām Arguments Against Divine Corporeality (and Transition to Volume Two)

 

VOLUME 2 (To Be Written)

 

VOLUME 3 (To Be Written)

 

INDEX (To Be Prepared)

 

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