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Moshe Halbertal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140910

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140910.001.0001

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Nahmanides’s Philosophy of Halakhah

Nahmanides’s Philosophy of Halakhah

(p.10) Chapter 1 Nahmanides’s Philosophy of Halakhah

Moshe Halbertal

Yale University Press

This chapter notes the tension between Maimonides and the Geonim about anchoring halakhah in a tradition from Sinai versus preserving the reliability of the tradition. It explains how Nahmanides is able to envision the entirety of halakhah within the divine word because of his expansive understanding of revelation. The chapter takes a closer look at Nahmanides's concept of the Torah as he articulates it in the introduction to his commentary on the Torah, which reveals the profundity of the idea that divine revelation is all-inclusive. It analyzes Nahmanides's thought that the Torah is an extremely long sequence of divine names. It also assesses the approach to the Torah as a sequence of divine names that implies revelation is not a moment of linguistic communication between God and humans.

Keywords:   Nahmanides, Maimonides, Geonim, Sinai, halakhah, Torah, divine names, linguistic communication

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