Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish Philosophy by Shira Weiss

Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

byShira Weiss

Hardcover | September 18, 2017

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Joseph Albo on Free Choice discovers unsuspected philosophical originality in the interpretations of biblical narrative found in Joseph Albo's Book of Principles, one of the most popular Hebrew works in the corpus of medieval Jewish philosophy. Several of Albo's exegetical analyses focus onfree choice, which emerges as a conceptual scheme throughout his work. An exploration of Albo's innovative homiletical interpretations of the binding of Isaac, the hardening of Pharaoh's heart, the Book of Job, and God's choice of Israel, reveals his view of free choice which was significant duringa historical period of religious coercion. Albo's sole surviving responsum dealing with the case of the qatlanit further demonstrates his philosophical position. In this new book, Shira Weiss shows that in the medieval era in which Albo lived, free choice was an important topic, subject to vehementdebate that has continued to be contested in modern philosophy.

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Shira Weiss teaches medieval and modern Jewish philosophy at Yeshiva University. She is a fellow in Templeton's project on philosophic theology, as well as Templeton's Abrahamic Sci-Rel project. Her current research is on ethics in the Bible.

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Title:Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish PhilosophyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190684429

ISBN - 13:9780190684426

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