Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Does G-d Sleep? An Oxford Maimonides' analysis

The manuscript of Maimonides in the Bodleian library of Oxford is an important version of the first two books of his legal work Mishneh Torah, Madah and Ahavah.


There are numerous differences in the Oxford edition from the other manuscript editions and it is interesting to examine the significance of these differences and whether a logical analysis can offer insight into the rationale behind the differences.


Much comparative research has been done on the variations between the few most reliable manuscripts of Maimonides. This has however only been done in the context of and for the purpose of publishing a printed copy of Maimonides and to make sure the printed edition is as accurate as possible.


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