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Bibil Identifier bibil:212024
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Orthopraxy in Tannaitic Literature
Author Grossberg, David M.
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 41, Issue: 4-5)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 517-561 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract M. Sanhedrin 10:1 is well-known as a succinct statement of rabbinic doctrine. Yet as a statement of doctrine, this mishnah's language is remarkably pragmatic: it proscribes saying certain things but does not explicitly proscribe believing them. I propose that this use of practical rather than doctrinal phraseology was an intentional editorial stance of the Mishnah's compilers. A close philological examination of parallel texts in the Tosefta and Seder Olam reveals that earlier generations of the textual tradition underlying this mishnah phrased these same prohibitions using doctrinal terms such as “denying” or “not acknowledging.” Moreover, this choice of pragmatic language is evident throughout the Mishnah, even when fundamentals of Judaic faith such as belief in one God and in the oral Torah are being addressed. The Mishnah's compilers, perhaps in response to trends like early Christian antinomianism and heresiology, chose to produce a work dedicated to orthopraxy rather than orthodoxy.
DOI 10.1163/157006310X503621
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Heresy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Faith
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Talmudic Period : Rabbinism : Tannaim
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Mishna
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Mishna : Neziqin : Sanhedrin
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Tosefta : Neziqin : Sanhedrin
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Midrash : Homiletic Midrashim : Seder Olam Rabba
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