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The Cambridge Companion To The Talmud And Rabbinic Literature

Author : Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert
ISBN : 9781139827423
Genre : Religion
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This volume introduces students of rabbinic literature to the range of historical and interpretative questions surrounding the rabbinic texts of late antiquity. The editors, themselves well-known interpreters of Rabbinic literature, have gathered an international collection of scholars to support students' initial steps in confronting the enormous and complex rabbinic corpus. Unlike other introductions to Rabbinic writings, the present volume includes approaches shaped by anthropology, gender studies, oral-traditional studies, classics, and folklore studies.
Category: Religion

Forms Of Rabbinic Literature And Thought

Author : Alexander Samely
ISBN : 9780199296736
Genre : Religion
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Surveying the corpus of rabbinic literature, written in Hebrew and Aramaic and which contains the foundations of Judaism, in particular the Talmud, this book explains why the character of the texts is crucial to an understanding of rabbinic thought, and why they pose problems to modern, Western-educated readers.
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Introduction To Rabbinic Literature

Author : Jacob Neusner
ISBN : 0300140142
Genre : Religion
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This is a commentary on the history of rabbinical teachings in the Christian era - on the Mishnah, the Tosefta, the Talmuds, and more.
Category: Religion

Deviancy In Early Rabbinic Literature

Author : Simcha Fishbane
ISBN : 9789004158337
Genre : Religion
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This study of early Rabbinic texts provides fresh and fascinating insights into the attitudes of the Rabbis towards "outsiders."
Category: Religion

The New Testament And Rabbinic Literature

Author : Reimund Bieringer
ISBN : 9789004175884
Genre : Religion
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This book brings together the contributions of the foremost specialists on the relationship of the New Testament and Rabbinic Literature. They present the history of scholarship and deal with the main methodological issues, and analyze both legal and literary problems.
Category: Religion

Ladino Rabbinic Literature And Ottoman Sephardic Culture

Author : Matthias B. Lehmann
ISBN : 0253111625
Genre : History
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In this pathbreaking book, Matthias B. Lehmann explores Ottoman Sephardic culture in an era of change through a close study of popularized rabbinic texts written in Ladino, the vernacular language of the Ottoman Jews. This vernacular literature, standing at the crossroads of rabbinic elite and popular cultures and of Hebrew and Ladino discourses, sheds valuable light on the modernization of Sephardic Jewry in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 19th century. By helping to form a Ladino reading public and imparting shape to its values, the authors of this literature negotiated between perpetuating rabbinic tradition and addressing the challenges of modernity. The book offers close readings of works that examine issues such as social inequality, exile and diaspora, gender, secularization, and the clash between scientific and rabbinic knowledge. Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture will be welcomed by scholars of Sephardic as well as European Jewish history, culture, and religion.
Category: History

Rabbinic Drinking

Author : Jordan D. Rosenblum
ISBN : 9780520300439
Genre : Religion
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Though ancient rabbinic texts are fundamental to analyzing the history of Judaism, they are also daunting for the novice to read. Rabbinic literature presumes tremendous prior knowledge, and its fascinating twists and turns in logic can be disorienting. Rabbinic Drinking helps learners at every level navigate this brilliant but mystifying terrain by focusing on rabbinic conversations about beverages, such as beer and wine, water, and even breast milk. By studying the contents of a drinking vessel—including the contexts and practices in which they are imbibed—Rabbinic Drinking surveys key themes in rabbinic literature to introduce readers to the main contours of this extensive body of historical documents. Features and Benefits: Contains a broad array of rabbinic passages, accompanied by didactic and rich explanations and contextual discussions, both literary and historical Thematic chapters are organized into sections that include significant and original translations of rabbinic texts Each chapter includes in-text references and concludes with a list of both referenced works and suggested additional readings
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Rabbinical Literature

Author : Johann Andreas Eisenmenger
ISBN : PSU:000056101430
Genre : Jewish way of life
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Category: Jewish way of life

Responses To Suffering In Classical Rabbinic Literature

Author : David Charles Kraemer
ISBN : 9780195089004
Genre : History
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Kraemer examines classical Jewish literature to see how Rabbis answered questions arising from the existence of suffering. The many and varied responses to events such as the defeat of Palestine by Rome and the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem are as relevant as ever to the theological controversy surrounding the problem of suffering.
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Midrashic Women

Author : Judith R. Baskin
ISBN : 9781611688696
Genre : Social Science
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While most gender-based analyses of rabbinic Judaism concentrate on the status of women in the halakhah (the rabbinic legal tradition), Judith R. Baskin turns her attention to the construction of women in the aggadic midrash, a collection of expansions of the biblical text, rabbinic ruminations, and homiletical discourses that constitutes the non-legal component of rabbinic literature. Examining rabbinic convictions of female alterity, competing narratives of creation, and justifications of female disadvantages, as well as aggadic understandings of the ideal wife, the dilemma of infertility, and women among women and as individuals, she shows that rabbinic Judaism, a tradition formed by men for a male community, deeply valued the essential contributions of wives and mothers while also consciously constructing women as other and lesser than men. Recent feminist scholarship has illuminated many aspects of the significance of gender in biblical and halakhic texts but there has been little previous study of how aggadic literature portrays females and the feminine. Such representations, Baskin argues, often offer a more nuanced and complex view of women and their actual lives than the rigorous proscriptions of legal discourse.
Category: Social Science

Feminist Rereadings Of Rabbinic Literature

Author : Inbar Raveh
ISBN : 9781611686098
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book offers a fresh perspective on classical Jewish literature by providing a gender-based, feminist reading of rabbinical anecdotes and legends. Viewing rabbinical legends as sources that generate perceptions about women and gender, Inbar Raveh provides answers to questions such as how the Sages viewed women; how they formed and molded their characterization of them; how they constructed the ancient discourse on femininity; and what the status of women was in their society. Raveh also re-creates the voices and stories of the women themselves within their sociohistorical context, moving them from the periphery to the center and exposing how men maintain power. Chapter topics include desire and control, pain, midwives, prostitutes, and myth. A major contribution to the fields of literary criticism and Jewish studies, Raveh's book demonstrates the possibility of appreciating the aesthetic beauty and complexity of patriarchal texts, while at the same time recognizing their limitations.
Category: Literary Criticism

Simeon The Righteous In Rabbinic Literature

Author : Amram Tropper
ISBN : 9789004244986
Genre : Religion
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In Simeon the Righteous in Rabbinic Literature: A Legend Reinvented, Amram Tropper investigates the rabbinic traditions about Simeon the Righteous, a renowned Jewish leader of Second Temple times, and the history of their formation.
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The Evil Eye In The Bible And In Rabbinic Literature

Author : Rivka Ulmer
ISBN : 0881254630
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Dr. Ulmer's book examines this idea in its many permutations in Rabbinic literature. In particular, she examines its origin in people's negative emotions and its effects on its victims in many phases of life in causing death and sickness, for example, or its role in sexual transgression, etc. The Angel of Death is depicted as having many eyes, and early Jewish mystical literature depicts angels in general as covered with eyes. On the other hand, the "good eye" has many positive meanings, and these are discussed as well."--BOOK JACKET. "Dr. Ulmer's study provides the reader with a complete "view" of the numerous symbolic meanings which this most important sense organ has been given in Jewish culture."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Literary Criticism

Web Of Life

Author : Galit Hasan-Rokem
ISBN : 9780804732277
Genre : Religion
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Web of Life weaves its suggestive interpretation of Jewish culture in the Palestine of late antiquity on the warp of a singular, breathtakingly tragic, and sublime rabbinic text, Lamentations Rabbah. The textual analyses that form the core of the book are informed by a range of theoretical paradigms rarely brought to bear on rabbinic literature: structural analysis of mythologies and folktales, performative approaches to textual production, feminist theory, psychoanalytical analysis of culture, cultural criticism, and folk narrative genre analysis. The concept of context as the hermeneutic basis for literary interpretation reactivates the written text and subverts the hierarchical structures with which it has been traditionally identified. This book reinterprets rabbinic culture as an arena of multiple dialogues that traverse traditional concepts of identity regarding gender, nation, religion, and territory. The author's approach is permeated by the idea that scholarly writing about ancient texts is invigorated by an existential hermeneutic rooted in the universality of human experience. She thus resorts to personal experience as an idiom of communication between author and reader and between human beings of our time and of the past. This research acknowledges the overlap of poetic and analytical language as well as the language of analysis and everyday life. In eliciting folk narrative discourses inside the rabbinic text, the book challenges traditional views about the social basis that engendered these texts. It suggests the subversive potential of the constitutive texts of Jewish culture from late antiquity to the present by pointing out the inherent multi-vocality of the text, adding to the conventionally acknowledged synagogue and academy the home, the marketplace, and other private and public socializing institutions.
Category: Religion

The Birth Of Doubt

Author : Moshe Halbertal
ISBN : 9781951498771
Genre : Religion
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A systematic attempt to understand the rabbinic world through its approach to confronting uncertainty In the history of halakhah, the treatment of uncertainty became one of the most complex fields of intense study. In his latest book, Moshe Halbertal focuses on examining the point of origin of the study of uncertainty in early rabbinic literature, including the Mishnah, Tosefta, and halakhic midrashim. Halbertal explores instructions concerning how to behave in situations of uncertainty ranging from matters of ritual purity, to lineage and marriage, to monetary law, and to the laws of forbidden foods. This examination of the rules of uncertainty introduced in early rabbinic literature reveals that these rules were not aimed at avoiding but rather at dwelling in the midst of uncertainty, thus rejecting the sectarian isolationism that sought to minimize a community’s experience of and friction with uncertainty. Features: A thorough investigation of the principles concerning how to behave in cases of uncertainty An examination of two distinct modes for coping with uncertainty
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