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The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs

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The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs by Saadya Gaon
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Saadya ben Joseph al-Fayyumi (882-942), gaon (head) of the rabbinic academy at Sura and one of the pre-eminent Jewish thinkers of the medieval period, attempted to create a complete statement of Jewish religious philosophy in which all strands of philosophical thought were to be knit into a unified system. In 'The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs', Saadya sought to rescue believers from 'a sea of doubt and the waters of confusion' into which they had been cast by Christianity, Islam, and other faiths. By employing philosophical -- or kalamic -- argumentation to examine and defend traditional Jewish beliefs, Saadya hoped to turn blind faith into conviction based on rational understanding. First published in 1946, and reprinted here without alteration, Alexander Altmann's judicious abridgement of his own translation has remained the standard edition of this influential work. A new Introduction by Daniel Frank sets Saadya's work in its broader historical, cultural, and philosophical contexts.

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Saadya Gaon
Release date NZ
September 15th, 2002
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Edited by Daniel H. Frank Translated by Alexander Altmann
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Pages
200
Dimensions
9x215x17
ISBN-13
9780872206403
Product ID
1834658

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