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Maimonides the Universalist: The Ethical Horizons of the Mishneh Torah

Menachem Kellner and David Gillis

Abstract

Maimonides ends each book of his legal code, the Mishneh torah, with a moral or philosophical reflection, in which he lifts his eyes, as it were, from purely halakhic concerns and surveys broader horizons. This book analyse these concluding paragraphs, examining their verbal and thematic echoes, their adaptation of rabbinic sources, and the way in which they coordinate with the Mishneh torah's underlying structures, in order to understand how they might influence our interpretation of the code as a whole — and indeed our view of Maimonides himself and his philosophy. Taking this unusual cross- ... More

Keywords: Maimonides, Mishneh torah, code, universal values, system of law, Jewish law, Jewish ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764555
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764555.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Menachem Kellner, author
Shalem College

David Gillis, author