Having Knowledge Versus The Acquisition Of Knowledge

The Gemara (Nedarim 37a) says; “One who has knowledge has everything; without it what does he have? whoever has acquired knowledge, what is he lacking? one who has not acquired knowledge, what has he acquired?” What is the difference in this statement between “having” knowledge and “acquiring” it, for it seems in both scenarios one is either complete or deficient based on having or lacking either one of them. It seems having or lacking knowledge is less severe than the acquisition or failed acquisition of knowledge. For without knowledge – the mere question is “what does he have?” but without acquiring knowledge, the question is, “what has he acquired?” a demonstrative statement deeming all other acquisitions (perhaps in the physical realm) as superfluous. (It may be argued this flows logically because the acquisition of knowledge is on a far greater level than merely having knowledge. One can repeat verbatim a dictionary of knowledge but not acquire its meaning. Acquisition requires personal understanding of the knowledge, more important than just having the knowledge.)

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