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Principles of Faith (Rosh Amanah)

Abravanel, Isaac; Menachem Marc Kellner (transl.)

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ISBN 10: 0838630804 / ISBN 13: 9780838630808
Published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Rutherford, 1982
Condition: Good Hardcover
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8vo. 271pp. Red cloth with gold lettering on spine in original printed dust jacket. Abranavel's aim in writing this work was to defend Maimonides' creed from the attacks of its critics. The book contains the most exhaustive and systematic analysis of Rosh Amanah ever written. Translation with an introduction and notes by Menachem Marc Kellner. Age wear, creasing, tearing and chipping on dj. Dust jacket in fair, book in very good condition. Part of "The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization" series. Bookseller Inventory # 32366

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Title: Principles of Faith (Rosh Amanah)

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Rutherford

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First English language edition.

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Moses Maimonides was the first medieval Jewish thinker to posit a set of dogmas for Judaism, his 'Thirteen Principles of Faith'. His statement initiated an extensive discussion among other medieval Jewish thinkers on the subject of dogma, which had an important impact on subsequent Jewish thought. The reaction to Maimonides' innovation was complex: some scholars accepted his position without reservation; others accepted the idea that Jewish beliefs could be reduced to a creed but disagreed with Maimonides' formulation; still others rejected the project of creed formulation in Judaism altogether. The locus classicus of this last position is the Rosh Amanah of Isaac Abranavel (1437-1508). Abravanel's ostensible aim in writing Rosh Amanah was to defend Maimonides' creed from the attacks of its critics, notably Hasdai Crescas and Joseph Albo, and it contains the most exhaustive and systematic analysis of the Thirteen Principles ever written.

After twenty-two chapters of sustained and zealous defence of Maimonides, however, Abravanel seems to contradict himself, arguing at the end of his book that in fact Judaism has no dogmas whatsoever and that all its beliefs are equally valid, fundamental, and precious. This is the first complete English translation of Abravanel's classic work, and includes a comprehensive introduction and notes.

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EDITOR: Menachem Kellner is Professor of Jewish Thought at the University of Haifa. He is the author of Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought, Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism and Must a Jew Believe Anything?, all published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. He is also the author of Maimonides on Human Perfection, Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People, and Maimonides on the 'Decline of the Generations' and the Nature of Rabbinic Authority. His translations of Gersonides' Commentary on Song of Songs and Maimonides' Book of Love appeared in the Yale Judaica Series. Professor Kellner's critical editions of the original texts of Abravanel's Principles of Faith and of Gersonides' Commentary on Song of Songs were published in Hebrew.

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