From Periphery to Center: Early Discussion of Resurrection in Medieval Jewish Thought

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Abstract

Medieval Jewish thought developed in Islamic countries and, naturally, was significantly influenced by the style and the contents of the official Muslim theology (Kalām) and, occasionally, by mystical currents as well. One issue that would stir twelfth-century Jewish thought in Islamic countries, spreading to Jewish thought in areas under Christian rule as well, is the resurrection of the dead. In this article, we examine the notion of resurrection at a timejavascript:void(0); when Jewish thought on this subject was becoming systematic: at the turn of the ninth and tenth centuries. We trace the guidelines of the idea of resurrection in its earliest systematic formulation through a comparative study of Dāwūd ibn Marwān al-Muqammiṣ and R. Sa'adia Gaon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-196
Number of pages20
JournalHebrew Union College Annual
Volume89
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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