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This volume examines the ideas of Rabbi Moses ben Nahman (1194-1270), the Ramban, Nahmanides in the European literature. An exegete, epistemologist of Jewish history and experience, and pioneer of Kabbalistic reasoning, Nahmanides was the spokesperson of embattled Spanish Jewry at the ominous Barcelona disputation before King James of Aragon in 1263. Novak surveys the canon of Nahmanides' writings-commentaries, discourses, sermons, even the record made by the Ramban of his Barcelona disputation-to elicit the structure of a systematic theology. As Novak shows, he often subordinated perfect consistency to the nuances he discovered in a text. He willingly sacrificed the chance to enlarge some favorite speculative theme to the material message he found in tradition.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Publishers’ Preface
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  1. Preface
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  1. 1. Can Halakhah Be Both Authoritative and Changing?
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  1. 2. The Conflict Between Halakhah and Ethics: The Case of Mamzerut
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  1. 3. Annulment in Lieu of Divorce in Jewish Law
  2. pp. 29-44
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  1. 4. Divorce and Conversion: Is a Traditional-Liberal Modus Vivendi Possible?
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. 5. Women in the Rabbinate?
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  1. 6. Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Perspective of Jewish Tradition
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  1. 7. Judaism and Contemporary Bioethics
  2. pp. 82-101
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  1. 8. The Threat of Nuclear War: Jewish Perspectives
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  1. 9. The Logic of the Covenant: An Essay in Systematic Jewish Theology
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781951498610
Related ISBN
9781951498627
MARC Record
OCLC
1154549889
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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