The Guide for the Perplexed (Hebrew: Moreh Nevukhim) is one of the greatest philosophical works of all time. A classic of great historical importance, it remains a work of living significance today.
The Guide for the Perplexed is one of the three major works of Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (1135/8 - 1204), also known as Maimonides or the Rambam.
Written for those who were bewildered by the conflict between religion and scientific and philosophic ideas, The Guide for the Perplexed is concerned with finding a concord between the text of the Old Testament and its commentaries, and Aristotelian philosophy. After analyzing the ideas of the Old Testament, Maimonides examines other reconciliations of religion and philosophy like the Moslem rationalists and then offers his own resolution with Aristotelianism.
The Guide was immediately recognized as a masterpiece, and is essential for any proper understanding of the work of scholastics like Aquinas and Scotus. The Guide is indispensable for everyone interested in the Middle Ages, Judaism, medieval philosophy, or the larger problems which Maimonides addresses.
What listeners say about Guide for the Perplexed
Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.
A Treasury; Reverentially Recited
The Narration pales in comparison with the content, through no fault of the intrepid and knowledgeable reader however I am glad to see this work read in an accessable and approachable method. As pleasurable as it can be to read such a work on paper, the thoughts can be easier to digest and to ponder when you hear them in a voice other than your own. It's a work that rewards rereading, and a fresh format like this for a timelessly compelling bit of writing; that readers should have a firmly established background of study before they approach this work doesn't diminish appreciation of this work; it amplifies it!
2 people found this helpful
- Steve Parry
Great read, tough narration.
Not for the casual reader. But if you want to understand God from a Jewish perspective, this is the ticket. The narrator speaks the Queen's English. Combine that with some older language styling and it can be a tough listen at times, but well worth the investment of your time.
1 person found this helpful