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Bibil Identifier bibil:210010
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Creative Redaction and the Power of Desire – A Study of the Redaction of Tractate Qiddushin: Mishnah, Tosefta, and Babylonian
Title (Modern Hebrew, Long) העריכה היוצרת וכוח היצר: עיון בעריכת מסכת קידושין במשנה, בתוספתא ובבבלי
Author Walfish, Avraham
Journal Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (Volume: 6)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language Modern Hebrew
Pages 31-79 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Towards the end of Chapters 1 and 4 of tractate Qiddushin the Babylonian Talmud brings two series of stories about attempts by Sages to withstand sexual temptation. These two groups of stories are linked to one another by numerous unmistakable literary allusions, suggesting that they were redacted in light of one another. Clear literary links between the end of the first and last chapters of Qiddushin exist in the Mishnah and the Tosefta as well, suggesting that the redactors of the Bavli followed the lead of the tannaitic compilations in forging a literary connection between these two parts of the tractate.
The literary links between the first and last chapters of Mishnah Qiddushin center on the values of Torah study, pursuing a profession, and marrying. The discussion in the last chapter demonstrates that these values, presented as harmonious and complementary in the first chapter, may in fact clash with one another. The Tosefta further develops the motif of clashes which may arise among these values, interweaving this theme with the importance of avoiding transgression. The Bavli carries all of these themes forward, and moves the discussion of avoiding transgression into the realm of inner struggle with the evil urge, the theme that serves as the point of departure for the story collections in Chapters 1 and 4. Although the collections in the two chapters appear to present diametrically opposed views regarding the ability of man to withstand the urges of the evil inclination, the ramified literary connections between the two collections suggests that the two seemingly opposite messages need to be coordinated with one another. Through close reading of the two discussions we attempt to understand how and why the Talmud sought to interrelate them.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Mishna : Nashim : Qiddushin
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Talmud (Babli and Yerushalmi) : Nashim : Qiddushin
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