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The secret of the Torah : a translation of Abraham Ibn Ezra's Sefer Yesod mora ṿe-sod ha-Torah

Author: Abraham ben Meïr Ibn Ezra; H Norman Strickman
Publisher: Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, ©1995.
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Ibn Ezra opens the Yesod Mora with an evaluation of the various branches of knowledge, noting that man's rational soul separates human beings from the rest of the animal kingdom. He then analyzes the role of traditional learning in the development of the soul.
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Works to 1900
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Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1092-1167.
Secret of the Torah.
Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, c1995
(OCoLC)623723777
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham ben Meïr Ibn Ezra; H Norman Strickman
ISBN: 1568212968 9781568212968
OCLC Number: 30665845
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.

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Ibn Ezra opens the Yesod Mora with an evaluation of the various branches of knowledge, noting that man's rational soul separates human beings from the rest of the animal kingdom. He then analyzes the role of traditional learning in the development of the soul.

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.

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