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Prophecy pp 587-640 | Cite as

Epilogue

  • Howard Kreisel
Part of the Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Thought book series (ASJT, volume 8)

Abstract

It is true that often a preoccupation with the details leads to the “story” getting lost. As is the case in every area, however, there is another way of looking at things, a different perspective. In trying to get to the “gist” of the story, might we not miss out on the details in which the story really lies? I readily confess that as a reader I find much more interesting those works that get to the “essence” of the matter in a few short sentences, reduce the entire Torah to a single rule (or while “standing on one foot” as the rabbinic saying goes, the Latin regula apparently becoming the Hebrew regel in an ingenious play on words). Reading these works, I am left with a sense of knowing something without being burdened by having to learn it. Did not Aristotle teach us that knowledge consists of knowing the incorporeal “essence” of a thing, and not the numerous sensory data that characterize its appearance. Of course someone has to do the“dirty work” and drudge through all the data in an effort to make sense out of it and get to the “essence”. I leave it to each of the scholars in his/her respective field to do so. But why must the author burden the readers with all the minute details? Let each just present major “findings”, relegating all the details, if they must be presented, to the notes in small print. Those who care about the details should turn to the primary texts themselves. This is the preferable path in any event.

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Theoretical Knowledge Philosophic Tradition Active Intellect Theoretical Truth Biblical Literature 
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  • Howard Kreisel
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  1. 1.Ben Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

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