Moses Maimonides Maimonides (1135-1204) An Apophatic Theologian No predicate is adequate to express the nature of God. Acquired Immortality This knowledge of God not only confers on the soul that perfection in which human happiness consists, but also endows the soul with immortality. Human Essence What distinguishes anyone from anyone else is not some inherent quality, but the quality and quantity of what they know. Jews and Gentiles Since all human beings will devote themselves to the pursuit of the knowledge of God in the messianic era, that which distinguishes Gentiles from Jews will disappear. 13 Principles Orthodox Judaism holds belief in these principles to be obligatory. Summary The last goal is service. The truly holy lead lives of service.