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Nahmanides’ Critique, and Other Thinkers

Reuven Firestone

in Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860302
eISBN:
9780199950621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860302.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Nahmanides criticizes Maimonides for omitting the commandment to conquer the Land of Israel from his enumeration of God’s commandments. To Nahmanides, conquest of the land is an eternal command that ... More


War in Jewish Law before Zionism

Robert Eisen

in Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War: How Five Rabbis Confronted One of Modern Judaism's Greatest Challenges

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190687090
eISBN:
9780190687120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687090.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides the necessary background for understanding the positions of the five rabbis on war by describing the material in medieval Halakhah dealing with this topic in greater detail. The ... More


R. Isaac Halevi Herzog

Robert Eisen

in Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War: How Five Rabbis Confronted One of Modern Judaism's Greatest Challenges

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190687090
eISBN:
9780190687120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687090.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

R. Herzog (1888–1959) was the first Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel when the state of Israel was established in 1948. R. Herzog therefore had to deal with Israel’s first war, its War of Independence. ... More


Perspectives and New Directions: Reflections on the State of Scholarship

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In the late thirteenth century, one of the greatest periods of creativity in the history of Judaism, both the Kabbalah of Nahmanides and the Castilian Kabbalah flourished. Although numerous examples ... More


The Wandering Kabbalist: Historical Profile and Context

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

During the thirteenth century, Akko was a cosmopolitan port city at the northern end of Haifa Bay where international commerce was bustling and ethnic diversity flourished as Christians, Muslims, and ... More


Receiving Tradition, Constructing Authority

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Isaac ben Samuel of Akko's Me'irat 'Einayim, a supercommentary to Nahmanides' Commentary on the Torah, reflects an eclectic and anthological approach in which he attempts to bridge the diverse ... More


Intentions and the Recovery of Meaning

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In his Me'irat 'Einayim, a metacommentary on Nahmanides' work Commentary on the Torah, Isaac ben Samuel of Akko interprets meaning as unfixed or flexible, but does not assert the full autonomy of the ... More


Abraham Abulafia's Hermeneutics

Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510: A Survey

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300126266
eISBN:
9780300155877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300126266.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on Abulafia's innovative and complex hermeneutical system, one of his most original contributions to Jewish mysticism. This hermeneutical system became widespread in Kabbalah. ... More


Menahem Recanati's Hermeneutics

Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510: A Survey

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300126266
eISBN:
9780300155877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300126266.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the fact that, even though the generation of Jewish scholars before Recanati contributed greatly to kabbalistic hermeneutics, Recanati does not quote them at all. Though ... More


Reconstructing Medieval Jewish–Christian Disputations

Ursula Ragacs

in Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264629
eISBN:
9780823266821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter considers how the polemical writing of Ramon Martí might shed light on the Disputation of Barcelona in 1263 between Nahmanides and Pablo Christiani. This Disputation, organized by King ... More


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