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Politics and the limits of law : secularizing the political in medieval Jewish thought

Author: Menachem Lorberbaum
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2001.
Series: Contraversions (Stanford, Calif.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the emergence of the fundamental political concepts of medieval Jewish thought, arguing that alongside the well-known theocratic elements of the Bible there exists a vital  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Moses Maimonides; Nissim ben Reuben Gerondi; Moses Maimonides; Nissim ben Reuben Gerondi; Moïse Maïmonide; Nissim ben Reuben Gerondi; Moses Maimonides
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Menachem Lorberbaum
ISBN: 0804740747 9780804740746
OCLC Number: 48475148
Description: xii, 216 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Divine Law and Secular Politics --
The Polity --
Biblical and Talmudic Background --
Maimonides --
The Natural Foundations of Politics --
"Man Is Political by Nature" --
Modern Interpretations --
Polity and Society --
Medieval Interpretations --
Naturalizing Divine Law --
The Insufficiency of Law --
Maimonides on Law --
From Law to Politics --
The Code on the Priority of Politics --
Monarchy--A King Must Be Appointed and Honored --
The King and the Sanhedrin --
The King's Right to Command --
The King's Right to Punish --
Royal Law --
Consent --
The Maimonidean Monarchy--Instrumental or Natural? --
Constitutional Crisis and Messianic Resolution --
The Maimonidean Polity --
Politics and Religion --
Tension --
The Messianic Polity --
The Utopian Vision --
The Messianic Age and the Utopian Vision --
Gerondi --
The Kahal as a Polity --
The History of Public Law --
Communal Authority --
Nahmanides --
Solomon ibn Adret (Rashba) --
The Autonomy of Politics --
Politics --
The Structure of the Polity --
Divine Law --
Impasse --
Conclusion: Secularizing Politics --
Turning to Modernity.
Series Title: Contraversions (Stanford, Calif.)
Responsibility: Menachem Lorberbaum.
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