Honoring the Divine as Virtue and Practice in Maimonides

Honoring the Divine as Virtue and Practice in Maimonides © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 JJTP 16.2 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Proverbs 25:2. This verse is cited by R. Ba ˙ ya ben Asher as an e ff ective epi- graph to his long and unattributed citation of Maimonides’ views on divine kavod . “The honor [ kavod ] of God is to conceal a matter” refers to the knowledge of God’s true essence according to the view cited by R. Ba ˙ ya, while “the honor of kings” refers to the knowledge of God through attributes of divine action. See R. Ba ˙ ya ben Asher, Bi h ur a al ha-Torah to Exodus 33:13, ed. R. Ó ayyim Dov Chavel ( Jerusalem: Mossad ha-Rav Kook, 1994), vol. 2, 341–43. HONORING THE DIVINE AS VIRTUE AND PRACTICE IN MAIMONIDES Don Seeman Emory University Abstract Honoring the divine is central to Maimonides’ ethical and religious phenomenol- ogy. It connotes the recognition of radical divine incommensurability and points to the hard limits of human ability to know God. Yet it also signals the importance of philosophical speculation within those limits, indicating the intellectual and eth- ical telos of human life. For Maimonides, to honor or show http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy Brill

Honoring the Divine as Virtue and Practice in Maimonides

The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Volume 16 (2): 195 – Jan 1, 2008

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 JJTP 16.2 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Proverbs 25:2. This verse is cited by R. Ba ˙ ya ben Asher as an e ff ective epi- graph to his long and unattributed citation of Maimonides’ views on divine kavod . “The honor [ kavod ] of God is to conceal a matter” refers to the knowledge of God’s true essence according to the view cited by R. Ba ˙ ya, while “the honor of kings” refers to the knowledge of God through attributes of divine action. See R. Ba ˙ ya ben Asher, Bi h ur a al ha-Torah to Exodus 33:13, ed. R. Ó ayyim Dov Chavel ( Jerusalem: Mossad ha-Rav Kook, 1994), vol. 2, 341–43. HONORING THE DIVINE AS VIRTUE AND PRACTICE IN MAIMONIDES Don Seeman Emory University Abstract Honoring the divine is central to Maimonides’ ethical and religious phenomenol- ogy. It connotes the recognition of radical divine incommensurability and points to the hard limits of human ability to know God. Yet it also signals the importance of philosophical speculation within those limits, indicating the intellectual and eth- ical telos of human life. For Maimonides, to honor or show

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