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The Rambam is usually reference in the following way: פרק א׳ מהלכות ק״ש הלכה ט׳ - chapter 1 from from hilchos kerias shma, halacha 9.

Why is it referenced this way? Why not the way many other things are referenced, in order, which would be: הלכות ק״ש פרק א׳ הלכה ט׳ - hilchos kriyas shma, chapter 1, halacha 9.

This system has been in use for centuries, and even in commentarys referencing Rambam use this system.

Additionally, I saw a quote elsewhere of באר היטב like this: ס׳ א׳ מאו׳ח ס״ק ו - reversed as well!

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    No, Gemmorah is also referenced this way, e.g. פרק קמא דקידושין. – Al Berko Jul 30 '18 at 18:33
  • Also you didn't mention by whom? Keep in mind that for centuries Rambam was the only book besides Gemmorah, arranged in books and chapters. So as I commented Rambam referencing follows Gemmorah's. – Al Berko Jul 30 '18 at 18:39

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