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CON TEN TS.

LIFE OF MAIMONIDES

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DISSERTATIONS. I.-Talmudical and Rabbinical Writings

26 II.—The Zabian Idolatry

38 III.—The Originality of the Institutions of Moses ... 48 IV.-The Mosaic Distinction of Clean and Unclean Animals

62 V.-The Prohibition of Blood

76VI.—The Typical Character of the Mosaic Institutions 87 VII.-The Leprosy......

102 VIII.—Talismans and Talismanic Figures

112 IX.-Judicial Astrology

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TRANSLATION OF MAIMONIDES ON THE

MOSAIC PRECEPTS.

Chap. I.-Whether the Mosaic Precepts have a dis

coverable design, or depend solely on the
Will of God

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II.-The Law has a two-fold Intention : the

Perfection of the Mind, and the Welfare of the Body

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MAIMONIDE S.

ABBI MOSES BEN MAIMON or MAIMONIDES, called

also RAMBAM from the initials of his name, and MOSES the Egyptian from his long residence in Egypt, was born at Cordova in Spain, in the year 1131, or according to some 1133, of the Christian era. His father, who was descended from an illustrious line of ancestors, sustained the office of judge among his own nation ; and by his knowledge of jurisprudence, and the ability and integrity with which he executed the difficult and important duties of the magistracy, secured the respect of Christians as well as Jews. · The education of young Maimonides appears to have been conducted at first, under the immediate superintendence of his father ; but a series of domestic quarrels having subsequently obliged him to quit the paternal roof, he placed himself under the care of the most learned Jewish teachers, and studied, with sedulous attention, the Mosaic Law, and its various Talmudical and Rabbinical commentaries. After devoting some years to the pursuit of Hebrew learning, he attached himself to the great Arabian philosopher and physician Averroes, as one of his pupils and disciples. With these advantages, and possessing a mind vigorous, penetrating, and acute, he not only made uncommon pro

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