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  • Names: Ackerman, Ari, author.

    Title: Hasdai Crescas on codification, cosmology, and creation : the infinite God and the expanding Torah / by Ari Ackerman.

    Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2022. | Series: Supplements to The journal of Jewish thought and philosophy, 1873-9008 ; volume 33 | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Summary: “This work focuses on the conception of God of the medieval Jewish philosopher and legal scholar, Hasdai Crescas (1340-1410/11). It demonstrates that Crescas’ God is infinitely creative and good and explores the parallel that Crescas implicitly draws between God as creator and legislator, which is rooted in his understanding of the Deity as continuously involved in generative activity through the outpouring of goodness and love as manifest by multiple, simultaneous and successive worlds and a perpetually expanding Torah. It also reviews the Maimonidean background for Crescas’ position and suggests that Crescas is countering Maimonides’ stance that creation is limited to a single moment and Maimonides’ notion of the Torah as perfect and immutable”– Provided by publisher.

    Identifiers: LCCN 2022018229 (print) | LCCN 2022018230 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004518643 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004518650 (ebook)

    Subjects: LCSH: Crescas, Ḥasdai, 1340-approximately 1410. | God (Judaism) | Bible. Pentateuch–Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish. | Abraham ben Moses ben Maimon, 1186-1237. | Jewish philosophy–Early works to 1800. | Philosophy, Medieval.

    Classification: LCC B759.C44 A25 2022 (print) | LCC B759.C44 (ebook) | DDC 181/.06–dc23/eng/20220705

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  • ISSN 1873-9008

  • ISBN 978-90-04-51864-3 (hardback)

  • ISBN 978-90-04-51865-0 (e-book)

  • Copyright 2022 by Ari Ackerman. Published by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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