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The Creation of the World According to Gersonides (Brown Judaic Studies 24) Paperback – 1982
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He stressed that human perfection is based on an improved and effective use of reason, not tradition or beliefs. Individuals should study the sciences, how the world functions. He was convinced that the Bible teaches philosophy, not only history and laws. He felt that God created the world out of preexisting matter, which God formed into the currently existing universe. He felt certain that the world will last forever. He wrote that people should reject superstitions, but he accepted many of them. He also accepted as true many biblical tales that are contrary to reason, tales that Maimonides said were untrue, just parables or dreams, such as Jacob wrestling with an angel. Gersonides rejected the generally held view that a person's soul survives the body's death. He felt that only people's intellect lives after them. However, perhaps inconsistently, he believed in resurrection and wrote that the messianic age would be one that is filled with "marvelous miracles that will be seen by all the earth."
He believed that God doesn't know details about people; God only knows the general rules of the laws of nature, what could possibly occur, but people can subvert the laws of nature. Needless to say, since God does not know the details of human activities, the idea that God punishes people for their misdeeds and rewards them for proper acts, is impossible.
Since God has no specific idea of what is happening, it would also be illogical to say that God speaks to people and sends them messages how to behave. Thus, he defined prophecy as a higher level of intelligence, not a divine communication. Prophets are intelligent people of high moral integrity, with imaginative skills that give them the ability to communicate, who understand events, and share their understanding with others because they realize that this is their moral duty.
Nevertheless, seemingly inconsistently, like Abraham ibn Ezra and most people of his age, but unlike Maimonides, he was convinced that some people receive a kind of mental experience that enables them to avoid danger or obtain a benefit. This occurs through dreams, divination, and astrology.