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Crafting the 613 Commandments

Maimonides on the Enumeration, Classification, and Formulation of the Spiritual Commandments

Albert D. Friedberg (author)

ISBN: 9781618113870

Publication Date: Mar 2014

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Rabbinic tradition has it that 613 commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, but it does not specify those included in the enumeration. Maimonides methodically and artfully crafts a list of 613 commandments in a work that serves as a prolegomenon to the Mishneh Torah. This book explores the surprising way Maimonides put this tradition to use and his possible rationale for using such a tradition.
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Rabbinic tradition has it that 613 commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, but it does not specify those included in the enumeration. Maimonides methodically and artfully crafts a list of 613 commandments in a work that serves as a prolegomenon to the Mishneh Torah, his monumental code of law.

This book explores the surprising way Maimonides put this tradition to use and his possible rationale for using such a tradition. It also explores many of the philosophical and ethical ideas animating the composition of such a list. In the book's second half, Friedberg examines the manner by which Maimonides formulated positive commandments in the Mishneh Torah, leading him to suggest new dimensions in Maimonides' legal theory.
Pages 400
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 31 Mar 2014
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Subject/s Judaism: sacred texts  
Albert D. Friedberg (PhD University of Toronto, Canada) is a scholar of medieval Jewish literature and philosophy and early rabbinic literature. His published articles include A New Clue in the Dating of the Composition of the Book of Esther, and Maimonides' Reinterpretation of the Thirteenth Article of Faith: Another Look at his Essay on Resurrection.

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