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Bibil Identifier bibil:202052
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Nahmanides on the Polis: Reading Exegesis and Kabbala as Political Theory
Author Diamond, James A.
Journal Hebraic Political Studies (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 56-79 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The biblical commentary of Moses Nahmanides (1194–1270) reflects a mature grasp of the evolution of political and legal structures. This paper traces his view of the political evolution of society from Adam and Eve to Nimrod, identified as the first monarch who pioneers tyranny, subjugation, and colonialism. Abraham and Moses then present corrective archetypes of new political leaders whose humility subverts the exploitive corruption that has become endemic to sovereignty. Nahmanides’ kabbalistic Weltanschauung, which views Israel’s legal and political institutions as microcosmic models of the cosmic divine polis, is also critical for his appreciation of the state’s political machinations.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Middle Ages : Moses ben Nahman (1194-1270)
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