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The Principles of Judaism

Samuel Lebens


In this book Samuel Lebens takes the three principles of Jewish faith, as they were proposed in the fifteenth century by Rabbi Joseph Albo, and seeks to scrutinize and refine them with the toolkit of contemporary analytic philosophy. What could it mean for a perfect being to create a world out of nothing? Could such a world be anything more than a figment of God’s imagination? What is the Torah, and what must a person believe before it would make sense to treat it as Orthodox Judaism does? What does Judaism expect from a Messiah, and what would it mean for a world to be redeemed? These questio ... More

Keywords: Judaism, Jewish philosophy, Jewish theology, creation, revelation, Torah, Hassidic idealism, philosophy of time, problem of evil, faith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Lebens, author
Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa