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Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Shira Weiss


Philosophical originality can be uncovered in the unique individual interpretations of biblical narrative found in Joseph Albo’s Sefer ha-‘Iqqarim (Book of Principles), one of the most popular Hebrew works within the corpus of medieval Jewish philosophy. Several of Albo’s exegetical analyses focus on free choice, which emerges as a conceptual scheme throughout his work, though he does not consistently expand upon his views of choice in the same way in each reference. These isolated expositions have heretofore been overlooked, as the scholarly consensus regards Albo as an unoriginal philosopher ... More

Keywords: Jewish philosophy, medieval, free choice, Bible, Joseph Albo, Book of Job, Israel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190684426
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190684426.001.0001


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Shira Weiss, author