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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1092-1167.
Secret of the Torah.
Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, c1995
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Abraham ben Meïr Ibn Ezra; H Norman Strickman
|Description:||xxx, 194 p. ; 22 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: Abraham ibn Ezra: His Life and Works --
1. Various Branches of Knowledge --
2. Classifying and Enumerating the Commandments --
3. Commandments That Branch Out --
4. Commandments Contingent on Time, Place, and Gender --
5. The Fundamental Commandments --
6. Sources of the Commandments --
7. The Nature and Purpose of the Commandments --
8. Reasons for the Commandments --
9. Commandments Not Explained in Scripture --
10. The Religious Life --
11. The Secret of the Divine Name --
12. The Purpose of Human Existence.
|Other Titles:||Yesod mora ṿe-sod Torah.|
|Responsibility:||translated and annotated by H. Norman Strickman.|
Ibn Ezra addresses the importance of the knowledge of grammar, stating that one cannot fully understand the text of the Torah without it. He also discusses the study of the Bible and the Talmud, arguing that one cannot properly comprehend the Talmud if one does not know the sciences, for there are many passages in the Pentateuch and the Talmud that are either incomprehensible or given to misinterpretation by one who has no prior knowledge of the sciences.
This translation and annotation of Ibn Ezra's Yesod Mora offers the English-reading public a chance to acquaint themselves firsthand with a classic work by one of the most outstanding Jewish scholars of medieval Jewry.