This book outlines aspects of the concept of halakhah (the collective body of Jewish laws) as the ‘word of God’. Part 1 covers legal reasoning and Part 2 knowing and remembering.

In Part 1, the work takes a comparative perspective and thereby reveals the contrast between the legal professionalism and systematic study of jurisprudence of the Roman and Islamic jurists on the one hand and the lack of a comprehensive reflective account on the part of the Rabbis.

The study is contextualized within a legal theological and intellectual framework and takes account of Ancient–Medieval thought. It considers Talmudic, post-Talmudic, and mystical material and also accounts for philosophical, homiletic, and religious thought.

David’s work is of great interest and value in and of itself by virtue of the comparative and cross-disciplinary nature of the...

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