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By Michel de Montaigne

"An Apology for Raymond Sebond" is greatly considered as the best of Montaigne's essays: a supremely eloquent expression of Christian scepticism. An empassioned defence of Sebond's fifteenth-century treatise on usual theology, it used to be encouraged via the deep hindrance of private depression that the dying of Montaigne's personal father in 1568, and explores modern Christianity in prose that's witty and regularly damning. As he searches for the genuine that means of religion, Montaigne is seriously serious of the boastful tendency of mankind to create God in its personal picture, and provides his own reflections at the precise function of guy, the necessity to eschew own conceitedness, and the important significance of religion if we're to appreciate our position within the universe. clever, perceptive and remarkably proficient, this is often one of many precise masterpieces of the essay shape.

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Tg. , Tr. Hpstein. TWO POWERS IN HEAVEN 23 posing dualism were subsumed by the rabbinic movement, it is less likely that any ethical or opposing dualism per se would become the target of the "two powers1' polemic. In the course of the paper we will have to observe the specific criteria which made a dualistic system heretical. Since the Christian messiah may have been a target of the "two powers" polemic, other mediating or intermediary divine helpers in Jewish tradition may also have offended rabbinic sensibilities.

415-427. tg. , Tr. Hpstein. TWO POWERS IN HEAVEN 23 posing dualism were subsumed by the rabbinic movement, it is less likely that any ethical or opposing dualism per se would become the target of the "two powers1' polemic. In the course of the paper we will have to observe the specific criteria which made a dualistic system heretical. Since the Christian messiah may have been a target of the "two powers" polemic, other mediating or intermediary divine helpers in Jewish tradition may also have offended rabbinic sensibilities.

Levi said: God faced them in many guises. To one He appeared standing, and to one seated; (See Gen. 28:13 and Isa. 6:1) to one as a young man, and to one as an old man. How so? At the time the Holy One, blessed be He, appeared on the Red Sea to wage war for His children and to requite the Egyptians, He faced them as a young man, since war is waged best by a young man, as is said The Lord is a man of war, the Lord is His name (Ex. 15:3). And when the Holy One, blessed be He, appeared on Mount Sinai to give the Torah to Israel, He faced them as an old man, for Torah is at its best when it comes from the mouth of an old man.

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