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Bibil Identifier bibil:132471
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Shem Tov ibn Shem Tov on 'Sefer Yeṣira'
Author Freedman, Daphne
Journal Journal of Jewish Studies (Volume: 58, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 303-313 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Shem Tov ibn Shem Tov's commentary on Sefer Yesira examines man's faculty of language in which he resembles and most closely approaches the deity. Language is seen as the imprint of the deity in creation. Shem Tov's commentary sets out to distinguish and define the bounds of human knowledge, denying the illicit extension of logic beyond the limits of human understanding and attempting to delimit the respective spheres of activity of philosophical thought and traditional religious practice. His propensity to harmonise philosophical and cabalistic thought also reveals an acute awareness of the contradictions between these opposed points of view which he does not attempt to rationalise or diminish.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Middle Ages
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Midrash : Homiletic Midrashim : Sefer Yetsira
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Themes : Kabbala
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