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Since the Middle Ages, the establishment of the basic tenets (Hebr. ikkarim) of the Jewish faith – which also and especially took place in contention with Christian dogmatics – has been the concern of Jewish scholars. Early modern and modern attempts to formulate principles of faith were influenced both by the 13 medieval tenets of faith established by Maimonides (Guide for the Perplexed) and by Moses Mendelssohn’s dictum to the effect that Judaism is …

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Hanoch Ben Pazi, “Ikkarim”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 08 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0329>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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