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Bibil Identifier bibil:202449
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Forms of Rabbinic Literature and Thought
Title (English, ) An Introduction
Author Samely, Alexander
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature Perunil
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 978-0-19-929673-6
Edition number 11
Language English
Pages vii Pages
279 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This book surveys the corpus of rabbinic literature, which was written in Hebrew and Aramaic about 1,500 years ago and which contains the foundations of Judaism, in particular the Talmud. The rabbinic works are introduced in groups, illustrated by shorter and longer passages, and described according to their literary structures and genres. Tables and summaries provide short information on key topics: the individual works and their nature, the recurrent literary forms which are used widely in different works, techniques of rabbinic Bible interpretation, and discourse strategies of the Talmud. Key topics of current research into the texts are addressed: their relationship to each other, their unity, their ambiguous and ‘unsystematic’ character, and their roots in oral tradition. The book explains why the character of the texts is crucial to an understanding of rabbinic thought, and why they pose specific problems to modern, Western-educated readers.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296736.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature
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