Dwelling within the Law: Nahmanides’ Legal Theology

Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, (2013), pp. 1–21

28 Pages Posted: 19 May 2013 Last revised: 26 May 2013

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Joseph E. David

Sapir Academic College - School of Law

Date Written: May 17, 2013

Abstract

The great medieval Jewish jurist and thinker R. Moses b. Nahman (1194-1270) developed an exceptional legal-theology unprecedented in traditional rabbinic thought. In jurisprudential terms, he reduces the Jewish traditional perception of the Halakhah (i.e. the Talmudic law) and introduces the view of the divine law as a territorial law. My article suggests reading anew his sayings about the God-law-land matrix against the background of his contemporary European Christendom. Our analysis raises new perspectives on his attentiveness to the conceptual vocabulary of the Crusades’ propaganda and the European legal reality.

Suggested Citation

David, Joseph E., Dwelling within the Law: Nahmanides’ Legal Theology (May 17, 2013). Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, (2013), pp. 1–21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266519

Joseph E. David (Contact Author)

Sapir Academic College - School of Law ( email )

Israel

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