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The Structure Of Mishneh Torah

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The structure of Maimonides' great work, Mishneh Torah (= MT) was the subject of a prize-winning essay by Bernhard Ziemlich in 1901. Maimonides was apparently the first to present an in-depth analysis of structure and order, in the introduction to his commentary on the mishnah of R. Judah ha-Nasi. This chapter describes what considerations Maimonides deemed proper considerations in the arrangement of the Mishnah, and examines Maimonides' arrangement of MT. It also explains that there is a close relationship between the arrangement of the Mishnah and that of Mishneh Torah. The author thinks that he has shown the importance of this comparison and the necessity of distinguishing between various sets of principles which may have led to similar results.

Keywords: Maimonides; Mishnah; Mishneh Torah



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