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GersonidesJudaism within the Limits of Reason$
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Seymour Feldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113447

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113447.001.0001

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(p.145) Seven Prophecy

Seymour Feldman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explains how prophets play an important role in Gersonides' theories of providence and miracles. As the recipient of the highest level of individual providence, the prophet receives information that is not only of benefit to himself but is also providential for the community to which he is sent. And as a crucial factor in the occurrence of miracles, the prophet appears to have a special role in those moments in human history when the normal routine seems to be annulled and something strange but providential occurs. This chapter describes how prophecy was an essential element in biblical religion and the very medium through which the Bible itself is revealed. It explains how prophetic utterances and messages in the Bible are not just forecasts, but prophets transmit an entire legal and religious system. This chapter mentions that in Maimonides' theological creed prophecy is listed as one of the Thirteen Principles of Faith.

Keywords:   prophets, Gersonides, providence, prophecy, biblical religion, Bible, Thirteen Principles of Faith, Maimonides

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