The)o."",1 ofJewi,h Thought and Phi/OJophy, Vol. 10, pp, 1-25 It>2000 Reprints available directly from the publisher Photocopying permitted by license only Jacob vs. The Married Harlot: Intertextual Foils in the Guide of the Perplexed* James A. Diamond University of Waterloo Centre for the Study of Religion Parabolic precision vs. parabolic flourish In his Introduction to the Guide of the Perplexed, Maimonides distin- guishes between two types of parables which appear throughout the prophetic books. There are those in which each word is to be attrib- uted a certain significance and those which are intended to convey meaning as a whole but within which words may have other roles to play than as individual signifiers. In the latter words may "serve rather to embellish the parable and render it more coherent or to conceal further the intended meaning; hence the speech proceeds in such a way as to accord with everything required by the parable's external meaning: ol The demands of literary style and cohesiveness dictate the usage of words which are devoid of inner meaning and operate solely on the level of the external catering to the purely aesthetic * I am indebted to Albert Friedberg for his
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