This booklet bargains essentially with the matter of the single and the numerous. the issues of production, of evil, of revelation, and of ethics are all taken care of as specified situations of the final challenge of bearing on the finite to the countless, the various to the single. The authors specialize in the unifying subject of mediation, the ability during which absolutely the pertains to the the following and now. The vital figures studied contain Philo, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Isaac Israeli, Avicenna, Ibn Gabirol, Al-Ghazali, Abraham Ibn Daud, Maimonides, Averroes, Albertus Magnus, Aquinas, Gersonides, Nahmanides, Ibn Falaquera, Narboni, Albalag, Leone Ebreo (Judah Abarbanel), and Spinoza, in addition to such Kabbalistic thinkers as Bahir, Cordovero, Luria, Moses de Leon, Ya'akov ben Sheshet, Isaac the Blind, Menahem Renanti, Shem Tov ben Shem Tov, Azriel of Gerona, Alemanno, Luzzato, Cordovero, and Abraham Herrera.
The authors contain David Winston, John Dillon, Carl Mathis, Bernard McGinn, Arthur Hyman, Alfred Ivry, Lenn E. Goodman, Menachem Kellner, David Burrell, Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, David Bleich, Seymour Feldman, Steven Katz, Moshe Idel, David Novak, Hubert Dethier, Richard Popkin, and Robert McLaren. Taken jointly, those essays supply a powerful historic survey of the guidelines, achievements, and philosophic struggles of a gaggle of fellows who labored to shape a distinct and sturdy culture that bridged the distance among rival confessions and sects--mystics, rationalists, and empiricists; Jews, Christians, and Muslims. it is a philosophic resource whose energy isn't but exhausted.