This publication bargains basically with the matter of the only and the numerous. the issues of construction, of evil, of revelation, and of ethics are all taken care of as exact situations of the final challenge of bearing on the finite to the limitless, the numerous to the only. The authors concentrate on the unifying subject matter of mediation, the capacity during which absolutely the pertains to the right here and now. The crucial figures studied comprise Philo, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Isaac Israeli, Avicenna, Ibn Gabirol, Al-Ghazali, Abraham Ibn Daud, Maimonides, Averroes, Albertus Magnus, Aquinas, Gersonides, Nahmanides, Ibn Falaquera, Narboni, Albalag, Leone Ebreo (Judah Abarbanel), and Spinoza, in addition to such Kabbalistic thinkers as Bahir, Cordovero, Luria, Moses de Leon, Ya'akov ben Sheshet, Isaac the Blind, Menahem Renanti, Shem Tov ben Shem Tov, Azriel of Gerona, Alemanno, Luzzato, Cordovero, and Abraham Herrera.
The authors contain David Winston, John Dillon, Carl Mathis, Bernard McGinn, Arthur Hyman, Alfred Ivry, Lenn E. Goodman, Menachem Kellner, David Burrell, Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, David Bleich, Seymour Feldman, Steven Katz, Moshe Idel, David Novak, Hubert Dethier, Richard Popkin, and Robert McLaren. Taken jointly, those essays supply a magnificent old survey of the information, achievements, and philosophic struggles of a bunch of fellows who labored to shape a different and sturdy culture that bridged the distance among rival confessions and sects--mystics, rationalists, and empiricists; Jews, Christians, and Muslims. it is a philosophic resource whose power isn't really but exhausted.