Joshua Ha-Lorki on the meaning of Emunah: Between religion and faith

Yosi Yisraeli

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This article addresses Joshua HaLorki's discussion of faith (emunah), as it appears in his famous letter to the convert Pablo de Santa Maria. It suggests that ha-Lorki weighed against each other competing models of faith, that he deemed crucial for the issue of conversion, As I argue, the choice upon which ha-Lorki contemplated was not between the religion of the intellect and mystic beliefs, as some have argued; but rather between the volitional model of scholastic fides, and the religion of tradition
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolemical and Exegetical Polarities in Medieval Jewish Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Honour of Daniel J. Lasker
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783110702262
ISBN (Print)9783110700626
StatePublished - 25 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


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