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Haym Soloveitchik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113980

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.001.0001

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Classification of Mishneh Torah: Problems Real and Imaginary

Classification of Mishneh Torah: Problems Real and Imaginary

(p.367) Chapter Fourteen Classification of Mishneh Torah: Problems Real and Imaginary
Collected Essays: v. 2

Haym Soloveitchik

Liverpool University Press

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 praises of Mishneh Torah, and proposes to conduct more fruitful inquiries into the subject. It first points out two lines of enquiry that appear unproductive, and indicates a third and more gainful one and gives some examples of it. The chapter briefly draws attention to some of the problems that emerge in scrutinizing the classification in Mishneh Torah; their resolution requires a far broader framework: an analysis of the multiple intentions that Maimonides had in composing Mishneh Torah and the web of jurisprudential principles that underlie that work.

Keywords:   Mishneh Torah, Maimonides, Maimonidean scholarship, jurisprudential principles, classification

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