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Jewish Intellectual and Religious Life

  • Toledoth Yeshu, A sixth-century Jewish (negative) account of Jesus. [At UPenn].
  • WEB Jewish Views of Jesus a page with more texts.
  • Sepher Yetzirah [or Sefer Yatzira], translated from the Hebrew by Wm. Wynn Westcott, [At Wolf's Den]
    The Sepher Yetzirah is one of the most famous of the ancient Qabalistic texts. It was first put into writing around 200 C.E. Westcott's Translation was first published in 1887.
  • Judah Ha-Levi (ca 1075-1141): The Kuzari, also known as The Book of Argument and Proof in Defense of the Despised Faith (Kitab al Khazari).
    The entire first book of the Kuzari, a philosophical treatise written by the Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet, Judah Ha-Levi. It is written in the form of a dialogue, purportedly between the king of the Khazars and the representatives of various belief systems, culminating with a rabbi.
  • Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, or Rambam): The Thirteen Principles of Judaism.
  • Maimonides: The 613 Mitzvot.
  • Maimonides: The Laws and Basic Principles of the Torah.
  • Maimonides: The Laws Concerning Mashiach, Chapters 11 & 12 of Hilchos Melachim from the Mishneh Torah of the Rambam.
  • Maimonides: Oath of Maimonides.
  • The Hypertext Halacha.[At Project Genesis/]
    A translation of the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berurah. An excellent source for the details of Jewish religious law.


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