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Author Borodowski, Alfredo Fabio, 1964-

Title Isaac Abravanel on miracles, creation, prophecy, and evil : the tension between medieval Jewish philosophy and biblical commentary / Alfredo Fabio Borodowski.

Published New York : P. Lang, [2003]
©2003

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Physical description xvi, 241 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in biblical literature ; v. 53.
Studies in biblical literature ; v. 53.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-233) and index.
Contents Cyclical Character of Abravanel's Political and Intellectual Life 2 -- Abravanel's Cultural Milieu 9 -- Abravanel's Impact Upon Jewish Scholarship 16 -- Abravanel as a Philosopher-Exegete 22 -- Relevance of the Supernatural as a Case Study 24 -- 1 Concept of a Miracle: The Possible and the Impossible 29 -- Concept of Possible and Impossible in Medieval Jewish Philosophy 31 -- Possible and Impossible in Abravanel's Philosophical System 39 -- Conclusions: The Unifying Principles of Omnipotence 47 -- Possible Cases of the Impossible 48 -- Creation as the Archetypal Miracle 53 -- Naturalistic and Anti-Naturalistic Doctrines of Creation and Miracles 54 -- Relative Nature of Induction 57 -- Miracles and Causality: The Muslim Connection 60 -- Induction and a Miraculous Exception 70 -- Impossible Nature of Inference 73 -- Possible Nature of Possibility: The Possible as Active, Independent and Imaginary 75 -- Summary and Conclusions: Possibility as an Equivocal Term 77 -- 2 Miracles and the Possibility of Ex-Nihilo Creation 79 -- Abravanel: Miracles as Unnatural Irruptions 80 -- Gersonides: Miracles as a Natural Anomaly 81 -- Abravanel's Rejection of Gersonides' Severance of Miracles and Creation 85 -- Does Gersonides Believe in Miracles? 86 -- 3 Miracles and the Divine Will: A Philosophical Midrash 92 -- Problem: The Difficult Interplay of Divine Attributes 92 -- Case of Creation, Miracles and Divine Will 94 -- Maimonidean Solution: "To Will and not to Will," That is the Question 96 -- Gersonides and the Optimistic View of the Intellect 99 -- Gersonides' "Miraculous" Solution 100 -- Miracles, Divine Will, and a Midrashic Discrepancy 102 -- Abravanel's Rejection of the Fixed Nature of Miracles 106 -- Abravanel's Interpretation: A Transference from Nature to the Divine Mind 114 -- Problem of the Twilight Exceptions 116 -- Is There a Real Difference Between Gersonides' and Abravanel's Positions? 122 -- 4 Miracles and Free Will 126 -- 5 Agency 135 -- Common Ground: The Undisputed Agency 135 -- Dispute over the Identity of the Agent 136 -- Fundamental Disagreement: The Intervention of the Agent Intellect 141 -- Agent Intellect and the Problem of Immediate and Remote Causality 145 -- Systemic Origin of Abravanel's and Gersonides' Disagreement Concerning Agency 152 -- 6 Controversy over the Purpose of Miracles 154 -- Teleological Theories and the Origin of Evil 154 -- Teleology and the Theological Dimension of Evil 160 -- Does Gersonides, as Abravanel Maintains, Really Reject the Punitive Character of Miracles? 166 -- 7 Prophecy and Miracles 169 -- Third Alternative: Prophecy and the Agency of Miracles 169 -- Disagreement: The Extent of Prophetic Intervention 174 -- Nature of Mosaic Prophecy: A Philosophical-Theological Midrash 176 -- Abravanel on Mosaic Prophecy 181 -- Abravanel's Rejection of Gersonides' Interpretation 181 -- Abravanel's Preservation of Moses' Superiority 187 -- Nature of Mosaic Prophecy 190 -- Mosaic Prophecy in Light of Deuteronomy 191 -- A Strange Abravanelian Interpretation of Moses' Miracles 197 -- A Solution: The Coexistence of Prophetic and Miraculous Superiority 205 -- 8 Final Words: The Dynamics of Scripture and Philosophy 210 -- Abravanel as a Philosopher-Exegete 213.
Subject Abravanel, Isaac, 1437-1508.
Miracles in rabbinical literature.
Prophecy -- Judaism.
Jewish philosophy.
Philosophy, Medieval.
Miracles.
Prophecy.
ISBN 0820462365 (alk. paper)