Mishneh Torah

(1170–1180)

The Spanish-born Jewish philosopher Moses ben Maimon, usually called Maimonides, is best known for composing two texts: The Guide for the Perplexed, a philosophical work, and the Mishneh Torah, also known as the Maimonidean Code. The fourteen-volume Mishneh Torah established Maimonides as the leading rabbinic authority of his generation and, many believe, of all time. Maimonides aimed to compose a work from which the entire Oral Law governing Jewish life might be studied systematically. He hoped that his Mishneh Torah would provide Jews with a text that could reinvigorate religious...

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Maimonides (Library of Congress)

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