The Principles of Jewish Law

The Principles of Jewish Law

Discussions of the problems of religion and state reflected in the legal system too often occur against a background of ignorance of the scope and detail of Jewish law. This book is a comprehensive source of information and clarification of the principles and institutions of Jewish law in all its areas. It is a single-volume treatment of a subject that is now recognized as a legitimate discipline in the study of law.

Originally included in the "Encyclopedia Judaica" and previously available in a hardcover edition, this material is now available for the first time in a paperback edition. The intention is to make it easy to use and available for a wider audience.The book begins with a major introduction discussing the development of Jewish law. This introduction is followed by eight sections offering the reader a methodical description of the principles and institutions of Jewish law: The Sources of Law; General; Laws of Property; Laws of Obligation and Torts; Family Law and Inheritance; Criminal Law; Jurisdiction, Procedure, Evidence and Execution; and Public and Administrative Law, and Conflict of Laws. The material is treated in a modern legal manner with extensive detail given to comparative law. Bibliographical information is offered at the end of each section. The comprehensive subject index is an indispensable aid in locating a given theme.

All of the contributions to this book have been written by outstanding legal personalities of Israel. Collectively the work "represents an eminent contribution covering all aspects of jurisprudence, except religious ritual, in Judaism. Its broad scope encompasses much that should be of interest to students in history, economics, sociology, and culture." (Solomon Faber).

Publication Date: 
September 20, 2007