The Genius of Hillel the Elder

Posted: July 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Until modern times, it was assumed that Hillel‘s Seven Rules were based solely on Aristotelian logic. But modern scholars have shown that in reality Hillel’s syllogisms were beyond those of his Greek masters, approximating the methods used in modern logic today. For instance, one of his rules, known as Binyan Abh (בנין אב), is almost identical to that of John Stuart Mill‘s “method of agreement.” Hillel’s Binyan Abh was used by rabbis to discover new laws of Scripture in much the same way that Mill’s method of agreement was used by scientists eighteen centuries later to discover new laws of nature.

          –Max I. Dimont, The Indestructible Jews, p. 122

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