Science in Bet Midrash: Studies in Maimonides

Science in Bet Midrash: Studies in Maimonides


Menachem Kellner

Series: Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
ISBN: 9781934843215 (hardcover) 
Pages: 392 pp.
Publication Date: April 2009

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Science in the Bet Midrash explores the religious thought of Moses Maimonides (1138–1204), one of the most influential Jews of the last thousand years. While covering many aspects of his religious philosophy, these essays focus on the way Maimonides elucidated and expressed the universalistic thrust of the Jewish tradition. Maimonides construed the election of Israel as a challenge, not an endowment. This challenge is ultimately addressed to all human beings, not just to Jews.

Menachem Kellner (PhD Washington University in St. Louis) was born and educated in the United States and has lived in Israel for the last 30 years. Author, editor, or translator of 16 books and over 100 scholarly articles, Kellner’s most recent books include Maimonides’ Confrontation with Mysticism (2006), Science in the Bet Midrash (2009), and Torah in the Observatory (2010).

Probing and stimulating.
— Shlomo Brody, Tradition
Professor Menachem Kellner is an expert on Maimonides. He writes clearly and logically in easy-to-read and vibrant language.
— Dr. Israel Drazin, The Jewish Eye
The essays in this book are bold, clear, and authoritative. Anyone interested in Maimonides or the relation between science and religion will want to read them closely and then go back and read them again.
— Kenneth Seeskin, Northwestern University, editor of the SUNY Press series in Jewish Philosophy