Compare And Contrast Maimonides And Moses

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Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher and Rabbinic scholar, is one of the most prolific and influential figures in the history of Rabbinate Judaism and Torah Scholarship. Deeply embedded in Islam culture, Maimonides was well respect in Islam tradition, however, he rejected the Koran’s notion of hierarchical leadership by claiming that no prophet, including Muhammad, would ever surpass or achieve what Moses had in his prophecy. Therefore, while Maimonides did not reject Muhammad as a prophet, he did respond to the Islamic view of Moses as subordinate to Muhammad by framing Moses as the paradigm prophet. Thus, in contrast to the Koran, Maimonides viewed Moses as the ultimate philosopher to achieve prophecy in a metaphysical world. Therefore, while Maimonides takes up the same Muslim conversation, he further identifies with rabbinic tradition. Such distinctions and theological overlaps of Moses essentially raise issues of superiority and prophecy in Jewish and Muslim traditions. According to Annabel Keeler, author of, Moses from a Muslim…show more content…
Thus from a philosophical standpoint, Maimonides argued that Moses was perfect. Moreover, Essentially, Maimonides believed that prophecy changed a prophet, and that in order to become a prophet, one had to be distinct from others, wise and withdrawn. Moreover, according to Maimonides criteria, an exemplary profit, as Moses was, would exercise self-control and achieve greatness. Also, Maimonides rejected the notion of performing miracles as the basis in believing in prophets. Hence, Maimonides understood the Torah allegorically rather than literally. Therefore, similar to his abstract view of angels as concentric spheres of existence, Maimonides argued that concept of ‘miracles’ was taken literally in

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