Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Maimonides and belief in G-d: legal or spiritual?

In belief in G-d there are many philosophies and schools of theology that have come down through history. These include theism, monotheism, pantheism, agnosticism, atheism, unitarianism and others. What would be the correct approach from the perspective of Jewish philosophy? This subject is a historic debate between the medieval rabbis. In this essay, we will aim to present two fundamentally opposing views in the context of Jewish philosophy and attempt to reconcile the two views giving rise to a comprehensive view of a Jewish theological approach to the belief in G-d.


A Scriptural source to the belief in G-d is in Deuteronomy (4:35):  “You have been shown, in order to know that the Lord He is God; there is none else bes… Read More »

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