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Maimonides: and the Biblical Prophets
Maimonides: and the Biblical Prophets
Author: Israel Drazin
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Format: Hard Cover
ISBN 10: 9652294306
ISBN 13: 978-9652294302
Catalog Number: 9789652294302
Number of Pages: 352
Year Published: 2009

This engaging and informative book reveals unknown but true facts about the prophetical books of the Bible. Rabbis have avoided many questions raised by the seemingly improbable events in these volumes. Maimonides: and the Biblical Prophets addresses these questions and takes an open and rational look at the episodes.

The book addresses provocative questions such as:
  • What is the proper way to interpret the Torah?
  • How does Maimonides understand the episodes of the Prophets?
  • Did miracles such as the splitting of the Red Sea, the falling of the walls at Jericho, and the sun standing still for Joshua really occur?
  • What assumptions cause us to misunderstand the Bible?
  • Is there a biblical mandate prohibiting suicide?
  • Does the Bible forbid ceding parts of the land of Israel for peace?
  • Can children be punished for their parentsí misdeeds, and, if not, why does the Torah say that they are punished?
  • Why does Shabbat begin at different times for men and women?
  • Why did significant biblical leaders violate rabbinical laws? What really caused the adding of a day to holidays shortly after the time of Moses?
  • Why does the Bible not always mean what it appears to say?
  • Is it true that Judaism does not know what happens after death?

Israel Drazinís Maimonides and the Biblical Prophets includes much more than the title indicates. It is a comprehensive review of many aspects of biblical thought and discusses many other fundamentals of Jewish belief.
The treatment of these subjects is a rational one and is extremely interesting and thought provoking. It is a valuable contribution to the expanding literature on biblical and Maimonidean interpretation.
Professor Bernard Auerbach (Retired)
University of Maryland School of Law