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comment Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
By denying all miracles, one may deny other fundamental principles, but one can re-interpret specific miracles. Rambam himself was willing to re-interpret many miraculous stories, and he understood all miracles to have been "pre-programmed" in nature in some sense. I'll admit that one cannot re-interpret everything that doesn't directly contradict the principles. Some things may comes too close to denying a principle or implied principle, and there may not be such a clear cut-off. But understanding the first chapters of Bereishis non-literally do not run into any of those problems.
Jul
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comment Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
@AL, While you can imagine it, the Rambam felt they couldn't. Note that he had a rather Aristotelian view of angels.
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@AL Sorry, I meant Plato. Rambam would have been willing to interpret bereishis to not mean creation ex nihilo, which is seemingly an important religious principle, so a fortiori he would have been willing to interpret details of later history (which are not important religious principles) as non-literal.
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
(In fact, the Rambam writes he would have been willing to re-interpret Bereishis to allow for a universe that always existed, just that Aristotle's proofs weren't convincing.)
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
but seriously, matters are not so simple. The Rambam writes how he intentionally wanted the Moreh to be cryptic and how he put contradictions in it so only a wise person could understand the true meaning. While he may not explicitly spell out that he understands maseh bereishis non-literally, that is what most people understand he is hinting to.
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@AL "and in the intro to Moreh Nevuchim he says not to extrapolate or interpret what he says" good thing you cleared that one up!
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answered Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
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