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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd); y First printing edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815627815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815627814
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
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.
DR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Harlow on August 6, 2013
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Rabbi Dr Jose Faur's book is the finest treatment of the magnum opus of Maimonides - in our time. The clarity and ease with which he walks the reader through the Moreh cannot be disputed.

It is one of the books I do not loan to friends - yet I will buy it for friends. I never want to lose my copy :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lior Ohayon on June 18, 2013
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...then you know you have gold in your hands. This is an incredible and eye opening guide to the Guide.

Although Maimonides says not to write commentary on the Guide, Faur avoids that by offering a fresh "lens" for how to understand the guide- but never offering commentary.
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Not sure how many stars to actually give, but overall I would have to admit that this is a hard to understand book. Some of the concepts are great, while overall I feel that this is a book that one can initially read, put on the shelf for a while and then come back to after many years.
The language is a little difficult, but even more so are some of the concepts involved.
I listened and listen to Hacham Faur. Love his ideas and lectures as well.

Have the book. Will keep it and B"H (With the help of G-D) come back to this book sometime later in life. Its definitely not a quick easy read. Requires some strong focus and knowledge of many ideas as well.
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More About the Author

JOSÉ FAUR is Professor Emeritus at the Law School, Netanya College, Netanya, Israel where he taught since 1996. He obtained his Ph.D. in Semitic Philology at the University of Barcelona in 1964. He taught at the JTS and Bar-Ilan University and published numerous articles in Hebrew, Spanish, French, Italian and English. Previous publications include: Studies in the Mishne Tora (Heb.) (Mossad Harav Kook, 1978); Golden Doves with Silver Dots: Semiotics and Textuality in Rabbinic Tradition (Indiana UP, 1986); In the Shadow of History: Jews and Conversos at the Dawn of Modernity (SUNY, 1992); Homo Mysticus: A Guide to Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed (Syracuse UP, 1998); The Horizontal Society: Understanding the Covenant and Alphabetic Judaism (Academic Studies Press, 2002).