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The Book of Beliefs and Opinions Saadia Gaon

The Book of Beliefs and Opinions

Saadia Gaon

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ISBN : 9780300044904
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498 pages
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Yale Judaica series 1Saadya ben Joseph al-Fayyumi (882-942), gaon (head) of the rabbinic academy at Sura & one of the preeminent Jewish thinkers of the medieval period, attempted to create a complete statement of Jewish religious philosophy inMoreYale Judaica series 1Saadya ben Joseph al-Fayyumi (882-942), gaon (head) of the rabbinic academy at Sura & one of the preeminent Jewish thinkers of the medieval period, attempted to create a complete statement of Jewish religious philosophy in which all strands of philosophical thought were to be knit into a unified system. In The Book of Doctrines & Beliefs, Saadya sought to rescue believers from a sea of doubt & the waters of confusion into which they had been cast by Christianity, Islam & other faiths. By employing philosophical--or kalamic--argumentation to examine & defend traditional Jewish beliefs, Saadya hoped to turn blind faith into conviction based on rational understanding.