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Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews$
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Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764678

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764678.001.0001

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A Collection of Jewish Philosophical Prayers

A Collection of Jewish Philosophical Prayers

(p.263) Chapter Twelve A Collection of Jewish Philosophical Prayers
Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews
Y. Ṭzvi Langermann
Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers the philosophical quest for God that found powerful expression in medieval Hebrew poetry. It mentions poets that composed hymns in praise of the deity and his creations as philosophers who understood them and poetically expressed their great thirst for the divine presence. It also reviews poetical compositions on the soul or on the wonders of nature that may be contemplated with devotional intent, and specific compositions whose direct address to the deity indisputably marks them as prayers. The chapter looks at Solomon Ibn Gabirol's 'Keter malkhut' which found its way into some standard liturgies. It examines philosophical prayers attributed to Aristotle and other non-Jews that were included in Hebrew collections.

Keywords:   medieval Hebrew poetry, deity, Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Keter malkhut, Aristotle, philosophical prayers, hymns, divine presence

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