Converts, Heretics, and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider

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James Diamond's new book consists of a series of studies addressing Moses Maimonides' (1138 1204) appropriation of marginal figures lepers, converts, heretics, and others normally considered on the fringes of society and religion. Each chapter focuses on a type or character that, in Maimonides' hands, becomes a metaphor for a larger, more substantive theological and philosophical issue. Diamond offers a close reading of key texts, such as the "Guide of the Perplexed" and the "Mishneh Torah, "demonstrating the importance of ...

Converts, Heretics, and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider 2007, University of Notre Dame Press

ISBN-13: 9780268025922

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