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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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Sanctifying All Human Beings

(p.129) Chapter Seven Agriculture
Maimonides the Universalist
Menachem Kellner, David Gillis
Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about the seventh volume of the Mishneh torah, the Book of Agriculture or the Book of Seeds (Zera'im), which deals with laws concerning agricultural issues. It includes the seven sections of the Book of Agriculture: Laws of Diverse Kinds, Laws of Gifts to the Poor, Laws of Heave Offerings, Laws of Tithes, Laws of the Second Tithe and the Fourth Year's Fruit, Laws of First Fruits, and Laws of the Sabbatical Year and the Jubilee. It also explores the final chapter of the seventh section that deals largely with the special restrictions of the Levites concerning land-owning, and other issues connected with the cities given over to them. The chapter provides context for the argument about the text at the end of the Book of Agriculture. It clarifies why laws concerning charity or gifts to the poor are included in the Book of Agriculture.

Keywords:   Mishneh torah, Book of Agriculture, Book of Seeds, Zera'im, Levites, agricultural issues

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