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Sources of Jewish religion. Rabbinical literature

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  • The perfect Torahby J. Neusner

    BRILL 2003; US$ 141.00

    Jacob Neusner demonstrates in this analysis that the perfect Torah is the medium through which the one, unique God makes himself known. The Judaic statement of monotheism comes to expression in scripture as perfected by the Oral Torah in its native category-formations, Halakhah and Aggadah. more...

  • The idea of history in rabbinic Judaismby J. Neusner

    BRILL 2004; US$ 158.00

    Using Rabbinic Judaism as a case study, Neusner (religion and theology, Bard College) explains how Judaism and Christianity ordinarily read Scripture before the advent of historicism about two centuries ago that is, for most of their history. The difference between historical and what he calls paradigmatic thinking, he says, is how time is marked a more...

  • Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmudsby Christine Elizabeth Hayes

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 154.99

    In this book, Hayes addresses the central concern in talmudic studies over the genesis of halakhic (legal) divergence between the Talmuds produced by the Palestinian rabbinic community (c. 370 C.E.) and the Babylonian rabbinic community (c. 650 C.E.). Hayes analyzes selected divergences between parallel passages of the two Talmuds. Proceeding on a... more...

  • Execution and Inventionby Beth A. Berkowitz

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 92.99

    The death penalty in classical Judaism has been a highly politicized subject in modern scholarship. Enlightenment attacks on the Talmud's legitimacy led scholars to use the Talmud's criminal law as evidence for its elevated morals. But even more pressing was the need to prove Jews' innocence of the charge of killing Christ. The reconstruction of... more...

  • Holy Men and Hunger Artistsby Eliezer Diamond

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 87.99

    The existence of ascetic elements within rabbinic Judaism has generally been either overlooked or actually denied. This is in part because asceticism is commonly identified with celibacy, whereas the rabbis emphasized sexuality as a positive good. In addition, argues Eliezer Diamond, it serves the theological agendas of both Jewish and Christian scholars... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Judaismby Sara E. Karesh; Mitchell M. Hurvitz

    Infobase Publishing 2005; US$ 75.00

    Since the demise of the Israelite religion, Jewish people have spread around the world, adapted to their host cultures, and produced cultural variances within Judaism. In doing so, they have experienced prosperity and tragedy, all of which is reflected in this comprehensive reference, along with biographical data on notable Jewish individuals. In a... more...

  • The Jewish Law Annual Volume 17by Berachyahu Lifshitz

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 47.95

    Volume 17 of The Jewish Law Annual adds to the growing list of articles on Jewish law that have been published in volumes 1-16 of this series, providing English-speaking readers with scholarly articles presenting jurisprudential, historical, textual and comparative analysis of issues in Jewish law. The volume contains seven articles diverse in their... more...

  • The Mind of the Talmudby David Kraemer

    Oxford University Press 1990; US$ 159.99

    This critical study traces the development of the literary forms and conventions of the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, analyzing those forms as expressions of emergent rabbinic ideology. The Bavli, which evolved between the third and sixth centuries in Sasanian Iran (Babylonia), is the most comprehensive of all documents produced by rabbinic Jews in... more...

  • Reading the Rabbisby David Kraemer

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 144.99

    Traditionally, the Talmud was read as law, that is, as the authoritative source for Jewish practice and obligations. To this end, it was studied at the level of its most minute details, with readers often ignoring the composite whole and attending only to final decisions. Methods of reading have shifted as more readers and students have turned to the... more...

  • Inner-Midrashic Introductions and Their Influence on Introductions to Medieval Rabbinic Bible Commentariesby Michel G. Distefano

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 133.00

    After World War II, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich (1921–2007) published works in English and German by eminent Israeli scholars, in this way introducing them to a wider audience in Europe and North America. The series he founded for that purpose, Studia Judaica , continues to offer a platform for scholarly studies and editions that cover all... more...