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Logic in the Torah
Avi Sion

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Logic in the Torah is a ‘thematic compilation’ by Avi Sion. It collects in one volume essays that he has written on this subject in Judaic Logic (1995) and A Fortiori Logic (2013), in which traces of logic in the Torah and related religious documents (the Nakh, the Christian Bible, and the Koran and Hadiths) are identified and analyzed.

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There is evidently quite a bit of logic – inductive as well as deductive – to be found in the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible). Although this document aims, of course, primarily to convey narratives (they did this, they said that) and legislation (do this, don’t do that), it also incidentally – whether intentionally or not – contains quite a few lessons in logic. Perhaps for this reason, Jews have traditionally been rather logical-minded people. However, to date no one (so far as I know) has made a systematic study of this topic, looking for all information of logical interest in the Tanakh. The term ‘logic’ should here be taken in its most comprehensive sense, including not only inductive and deductive processes capable of formal representation, but also logical intuitions, methodological guidelines and epistemological theories, and indeed anything that may conceivably improve cognitive efficacy, for that after all is the main purpose of logic.
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Logic in the Torah
A Thematic Compilation

Published 2018 by Avi Sion in Geneva, Switzerland .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
1. Logic in the Torah 8
1. Introduction 8
2. Instances of logic in the Torah 9
3. Summary and conclusions 52
4. As regards the Tanakh 55
2. Adductive Logic in the Torah 57
1. The art of knowing 57
2. Adduction in Western philosophy 60
3. Adducing prophecies and prophethood 64
3. Qal vaChomer 76
1. Background 76
2. The valid moods 83
3. Preliminaries 92
4. Samples in the Torah 95
4. Revised List of Biblical A Fortiori 101
1. Problems encountered 101
2. The solution found 104
3. The data and their analysis 107
4. Synthesis of Results 113
5. The Language of Biblical A Fortiori 118
1. Introduction 118
2. In Torah books 119
3. In historical books 122
4. In other books 127
5. Rejects 136
6. Addendum (2005) 139
6. Miriam’s A Fortiori Argument 142
1. Formal validation of a fortiori argument 142
2. The principle of deduction 146
3. The argument a crescendo 153
4. The rabbis’ dayo (sufficiency) principle 156
5. Analysis of Numbers 12:14-15 161
7. Louis Jacobs’ Contribution 171
1. Comparing enumerations 171
2. Cases new to me 178
3. Three rejects 186
4. General observations 188
8. A Fortiori Discourse in the Jewish Bible 194
1. Introduction and summary 194
2. A fortiori arguments in the Tanakh 197
9. A Fortiori Arguments in the Christian Bible 209
1. Disclaimer 209
2. Primary findings 210
3. Analysis of arguments found 216
4. Jesus of Nazareth 222
5. Paul of Tarsus 234
6. Additional findings 263
10. Logic in the Koran and Hadiths 271
1. Disclaimer 271
2. Initial findings in the Koran 272
3. al-Ghazali’s findings 275
4. Sticks and carrots 288
5. About the Koran 292
6. On logic in the Hadiths 307
7. The intellectual poverty of Islam 312
Main References 316

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
320
Dimensions
9 x 6 x 1 inches

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26440313M
ISBN 13
978-1984935816

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