169 - A Matter of Principles: Albo and Abravanel

Joseph Albo and Isaac Abravanel critique Maimonides’ attempt to lay down foundations for the Jewish law.

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Further Reading: 

• D.R. Blumenthal, The Philosophic Questions and Answers of ōter ben Shelōmō (Leiden: 1981).

• I. Husik (trans.), Joseph Albo: The Book of Principles (Sefer Ha-Ikkarim) (Philadelphia: 1946).

• M. Kellner (trans.), Abravanel: Principles of Faith (Rosh Amanah) (Rutherford: 1982).


• S. Feldman, Philosophy in a Time of Crisis: Don Isaac Abravanel, Defender of the Faith (London: 2003).

• W.Z. Harvey, “Albo’s Discussion of Time,” Jewish Quarterly Review 70 (1979-80), 21-30.

• M. Kellner, Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought: from Maimonides to Abravanel (Oxford: 1986).

• S. Rauschenbach, Joseph Albo: Jüdische Philosophy und Christliche Kontroverstheologie in der frühen Neuzeit (Leiden: 2002).