Problems and Parables of Law: Maimonides and Nahmanides on Reasons for the Commandments (Ta'amei Ha-Mitzvot)

Problems and Parables of Law: Maimonides and Nahmanides on Reasons for the Commandments (Ta'amei Ha-Mitzvot)

by Josef Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791438244

ISBN-13: 9780791438244

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A central topic in medieval Jewish philosophy and thought was the explanation of the Mosaic commandments. From Philo and Saadiah on, thinkers sought to uncover “reasons for the commandments” (ta‘amei ha-mitzvot) both to demonstrate the rationality of divine legislation and to motivate performance of the commandments. Like many received topics, this…  See more details below

Overview

A central topic in medieval Jewish philosophy and thought was the explanation of the Mosaic commandments. From Philo and Saadiah on, thinkers sought to uncover “reasons for the commandments” (ta‘amei ha-mitzvot) both to demonstrate the rationality of divine legislation and to motivate performance of the commandments. Like many received topics, this enterprise was radically transformed in the hands of Maimonides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791438244
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Primary Sources

Chapter 1 Ta'amei Ha-Mitzvot and the Philosophical Foundations of Judaism

Chapter 2 Problematic Commandments I: Maimonides on the Huqqim and Antinomianism

Chapter 3 Problematic Commandments II: Maimonides on Decrees of Scripture

Chapter 4 Maimonides and Nahmanides on the Interpretation of Parables and Explanation of Commandments

Chapter 5 Maimonides on the Parable of Circumcision

Chapter 6 Problematic Commandments III: Maimonides and Nahmanides on the Huqqim, Astrology, and Idolatry

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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