האמנם עמדה לו חמה ליהושע? פרק בתורת הנס בפילוסופיה היהודית של ימי-הביניים

Translated title of the contribution: Did the Sun Stand Still for Joshua? On the Doctrine of Miracles, as Mirrored in Jewish Medieval Thought

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Abstract

The present paper investigates the various commentaries in Jewish medieval thought on the miracle of the sun standing still at Joshua's command. These commentaries fall under the following categories: (a) Natural interpretation, according to which the miracle occurred in the warriors' consciousness, but not in reality. (b) Moderating interpretation, which puts forward a synthesis of miracle and Nature, suggesting that the heavenly bodies did not completely stop their movement but merely slowed it down. (c) Conservative interpretation, according to which the sun literally stood still. Sometimes this approach was forged in polemics with the natural approach; at other times it was juxtaposed with the moderating approach. The paper discusses well known commentators as well as those whose work has been preserved only in manuscripts.
Translated title of the contributionDid the Sun Stand Still for Joshua? On the Doctrine of Miracles, as Mirrored in Jewish Medieval Thought
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)33-62
Number of pages30
JournalDaat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah
Volume42
StatePublished - 1999

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Jewish philosophy -- Middle Ages, 500-1500
  • Miracles
  • ניסים
  • פילוסופיה יהודית של ימי הביניים

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