By Shira Weiss

ISBN-10: 0190684429

ISBN-13: 9780190684426

Scripture is replete with narratives that problem a number of philosophical techniques; together with morality, divine benevolence, and human freedom. unfastened selection, an important and lots more and plenty debated suggestion in medieval philosophy, remains to be of significant curiosity to modern philosophers and others. although, scholarship in religious study has basically serious about compositional background, philology, and literary research, now not at the exam of the philosophy implied in biblical texts.

In this booklet, Shira Weiss specializes in the Hebrew Bible's stumble upon with the philosophical concept of unfastened selection, as interpreted via the fifteenth-century Spanish Jewish thinker Joseph Albo in a single of the preferred Hebrew works within the corpus of medieval Jewish philosophy: Albo's Examining narratives as a rule interpreted as demanding human freedom--the Binding of Isaac, the Hardening of Pharaoh's middle, the e-book of activity, and God's number of Israel--Albo places ahead cutting edge arguments that protect the concept that of loose selection in those texts.

Despite the recognition of The publication of Principles, Albo has been regularly disregarded as an unoriginal philosopher. therefore, argues Weiss, the most important unique contribution of his philosophy-his conception of unfastened selection as defined in special exegetical interpretations-has been ignored. This ebook casts new mild on Albo by way of demonstrating either the crucial significance of his perspectives on unfastened selection in his philosophy and the inventive ways that they're presented.

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