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16] To get around the stumbling block of unprovability, he reasoned that "if the Sefirotic Tree really is but an adaptation of a Mesopotamian model, the adaptation process should be reversible, that is, it should be possible to reconstruct the original model without difficulty.
But this proposition about creation's unprovability, rather than being some far-fetched interpretive invention by Strauss, is the explicit central thesis of Maimonides's Guide to the Perplexed.
The unprovability of this sort of contextual reading need not invalidate its conclusions; the standards of evidence in literary history are necessarily fairly generous.