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A Portrait of the Artist

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This introductory chapter provides a background of Maimonides and his code of Jewish law, the Mishneh torah. Maimonides applied the highest literary art to the highest of tasks: to bequeath, as ... More


Return

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the second phase of Neoplatonic cosmogony: the idea of return. In a Jewish context, ‘return’ evokes the idea of repentance. Redemption is represented as a natural process ... More


The ‘Great Thing’ and the ‘Small Thing’: Mishneh Torah as Microcosm

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines what the idea of man as microcosm means for the place of the commandments in Maimonides' scheme of things. Mishneh torah's microcosmic form reflects the various parallels that ... More


Emanation

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates the application of the Neoplatonic idea of emanation, as expounded by Maimonides himself in The Guide of the Perplexed, to the understanding of the structure of Mishneh torah. ... More


In God’s Image

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the structural parallel between ‘Laws of the Foundations of the Torah’ and ‘Laws of Ethical Qualities’, the opening sections of the first book of Maimonides' Mishneh torah, the ... More


From Theory to History, Via Midrash: A Commentary on ‘Laws of the Foundations of the Torah’, 6: 9 and 7: 3

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter presents a commentary on ‘Laws of the Foundations of the Torah’, 6:9 and 7:3. Maimonides deploys aggadah to add extra layers of meaning in Mishneh torah. Where he makes intense use of ... More


Conclusion: Mishneh Torah as Parable

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter studies Mishneh torah as a great parable that is not explicitly identified as such. In the introduction to The Guide of the Perplexed, Maimonides chooses Jacob's dream of the ladder with ... More


Maharam of Padua versus Giustiniani: Mishneh Torah

Neil Weinstock Netanel and David Nimmer

in From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780195371994
eISBN:
9780190456658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371994.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Intellectual Property, IT, and Media Law

Meir Katzenellenbogen, an esteemed rabbi in Padua, decided to print a new edition of Moses Maimonides’s classic codification of Jewish law, the twelfth-century Mishneh Torah. After preliminary ... More


Mishneh Torah: Polemic and Art

Haym Soloveitchik

in Collected Essays: v. 2

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113980
eISBN:
9781800341111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter suggests solutions to the problems raised in the previous chapter. It also attempts to show whether its resolution yields any deeper insights into the nature of Mishneh Torah. It first ... More


Maimonides’ Ethical Systems

Herbert A. Davidson

in Maimonides the Rationalist

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113584
eISBN:
9781800340077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113584.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses Maimonides' treatment of ethics. Shemonah perakim and Mishneh torah base their treatments of ethics on the postulate that characteristics in the human soul are the locus of ... More


Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

David Gillis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book demonstrates that the Mishneh torah, Maimonides' code of Jewish law, has the structure of a microcosm. Through this symbolic form, Maimonides presents the law as designed to perfect the ... More


Classification of Mishneh Torah: Problems Real and Imaginary

Haym Soloveitchik

in Collected Essays: v. 2

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113980
eISBN:
9781800341111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter concerns the Mishneh Torah. The history of Mishneh Torah interpretation has been the history of its interrogation. The chapter describes a tendency in Maimonidean scholarship to sing the ... More


Maimonides's View of Christianity

David Novak

in Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Jewish Justification

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195072730
eISBN:
9780199853410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072730.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The present legal status of Christianity is presented in this chapter. Maimonides views Christianity together with Islam. For Maimonides, Christianity and Islam are related to Judaism. Maimonides's ... More


Maimonides’ Counting of the Commandments

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/9780199860302.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter treats the generally meagre discussion among medieval Jews about holy war. While little is added to the discussion outside of Maimonides, that great medieval polymath develops a ... More


Introduction

James A. Diamond and Menachem Kellner

in Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764951
eISBN:
9781800343344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764951.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses Maimonides as the quintessential Jewish sage in all rabbinic disciplines. It explains how Maimonides perfectly fits the rabbinic model of the talmid hakham who is proficient in ... More


The True Perplexity: The Guide of the Perplexed Part II, Chapter 24

Tzvi Langermann

in Perspectives on Maimonides: Philosophical and Historical Studies

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100714
eISBN:
9781800340404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100714.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on part II, Chapter 24 of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed, which discusses the incompatibility of the models used by professional astronomers with the basic tenets of the ... More


The Halakhic Isolation of the Ashkenazic Community

Haym Soloveitchik

in Collected Essays: v. 1

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113973
eISBN:
9781800341104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113973.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the author's essay which was written for a conference on why science made so few inroads into medieval Ashkenazic culture. The scientific corpus was readily available in the ... More


Collected Essays: v. 2

Haym Soloveitchik

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113980
eISBN:
9781800341111
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book grapples with much-disputed topics in medieval Jewish history and takes issue with a number of reigning views. The book provides a searching analysis of oft-cited halakhic texts of ... More


Maimonides the Rationalist

Herbert A. Davidson

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113584
eISBN:
9781800340077
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113584.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Maimonides was not the first rabbinic scholar to take an interest in philosophy, but he was unique in being a towering figure in both areas. His law code, the Mishneh torah, stands as one of the two ... More


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