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Maimonides the UniversalistThe Ethical Horizons of the Mishneh Torah$
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Menachem Kellner and David Gillis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764555

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764555.001.0001

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To Know Is To Love

(p.14) Chapter One Knowledge
Maimonides the Universalist
Menachem Kellner, David Gillis
Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes the Book of Knowledge (Sefer hamada) as the most unusual of all fourteen books of the Mishneh torah, containing materials not ordinarily found in halakhic works. It covers the closing paragraph of the Book of Knowledge, which includes digressions to the opening paragraphs of the Mishneh torah, passages in Maimonides' Book of Commandments, including his discussions of love and knowledge of God, and of the patriarch Abraham. It also mentions Maimonides' explanation about the Book of Knowledge, in which it teaches that which one must know in order to make possible the fulfilment of the Torah's commandments. The chapter cites five sections of the Book of Knowledge that are considered relevant to an exposition of what must be known so that the commandments of the Torah may be properly obeyed. The sections compose of the Laws of the Foundations of the Torah, Laws of Idolatry, Laws of Moral Qualities, Laws of Torah Study, and Laws of Repentance.

Keywords:   Book of Knowledge, Sefer hamada, patriarch Abraham, Mishneh torah, halakhic works

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