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Homo Mysticus: A Guide to Maimonides's Guide for the Perplexed

by Jose Faur

Buy the book: Jose Faur. Homo Mysticus: A Guide to Maimonides's Guide for the Perplexed

Release Date: April, 1999

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Jose Faur. Homo Mysticus: A Guide to Maimonides's Guide for the Perplexed

Un destello repentino

I can describe Homo Mysticus in three words: un destello repentino. This means in Spanish, a sudden flash. Yet it is a flash that one will always remember.
When one is trying to understand something, after going in rounds and rounds about one thing, thought, idea, the moment when it actually sinks in your mind, when one has actually "seen" or reached partial understanding, this is the sensations that Faur's Homo Mysticus leaves you with.
In it, only open ended discourses prevail, like Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed, it shakes the intellect, it forces it to go upwards without actually telling you how to believe.
Imagine a flock of birds in the lake, all without order, taking care of their own business, and all of the sudden -- without any previous warning -- they take flight up in the air forming a cloud that looks as if conceived by a powerful mathematical mind, perfect in form and flow, to then descend to the lake and do it once more at a later time.
I began reading The Guide 6 years ago, I have not finished; I have just begun to read Homo Mysticus; I just now realize that I will never finish "reading" The Guide. As the continous reading of the Torá, both works give you tools to articulate the everything.
Faur did it again. He makes form and flow effortlessly by following simple rules of Jewish nature.
As in my last review of his Golden Doves with Silver Dots, this is a must buy.

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Must Read for any serious student of the Rambam

Faur has published the authoritative book on the Guide. Faur shows an uncanny ability to simplify and clarify the hidden meanings incorporated in the Guide that have baffled all mid-evil and modern commentators.

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