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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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Slavery versus Universal Humanity

(p.235) Chapter Twelve Acquisition
Maimonides the Universalist
Menachem Kellner, David Gillis
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the Book of Acquisition (Sefer kinyan), which covers the law of contract and of property. It discusses the first section of the Book of Acquisition, Laws of Sale, that contains various mechanisms for acquiring real estate, chattels, slaves, and animals, and on fairness in sale transactions. It also explains the Laws of Acquisition and Gifts, which is about the acquisitions in which there is no consideration, such as the seizure of ownerless property and of gifts. The chapter talks about Laws of Neighbours, which deals with rights and obligations between owners and occupiers of neighbouring homes and fields. It points out that the Laws of Agents and Partners covers agency and partnerships in trade, while the Laws of Slaves, the final section of the Book of Acquisition, includes transactions in and treatment of Jewish and non-Jewish slaves.

Keywords:   Book of Acquisition, Sefer kinyan, sale transactions, slaves, real estate, chattels, contract, property

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