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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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Death, Sin, Law, and Redemption

Death, Sin, Law, and Redemption

(p.103) Chapter 3 Death, Sin, Law, and Redemption

Moshe Halbertal

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the existential foundations of Nahmanides's worldview. It analyzes the primary elements of the human condition: death, sin, and redemption. It talks also about Nahmanides's view that humanity's fate and existential condition reflect the divine drama itself. The chapter clarifies Nahmanides's conception of the Godhead, the chain of being, and the universe. It talks about Nahmanides's Talmudic novellae that provide two references to his kabbalistic traditions. One reference concerns the difference between a vow and an oath, while the other discusses the theory of prophecy in an aggadic context. It also explains how Nahmanides's kabbalistic ideas do not shape his particular halakhic determinations, even if kabbalah more broadly supplies the internal meaning of religious praxis.

Keywords:   Nahmanides, worldview, human condition, death, sin, redemption, Talmudic novella, kabbalistic traditions, kabbalah, religious praxis

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