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Bibil Identifier bibil:231631
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Halakhah in Light of Epigraphy
Title (English, Abbreviation) Halakhah in Light of Epigraphy
Editor Baumgarten, Albert I.
Editor Eshel, Hanan
Editor Katzoff, Ranon
Editor Tzoref, Shani
Series Journal of Ancient Judaism. Supplements (Volume: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature -
Place USA 1387
Department magasin 3
Publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Place Göttingen
ISBN 978-3-525-55017-5
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 303 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This volume contains the proceedings of the conference entitled Halakhah in Light of
Epigraphy held on 29 May, 2008 under the auspices of the David and Jemima Jeselsohn
Center for Epigraphy at Bar-Ilan University. Epigraphic finds, here interpreted broadly to
include papyri, scrolls, and the like, have immeasurably enriched our knowledge of the
ancient Jewish past while at the same time posing a challenge to modern scholarship:
how does one integrate old knowledge, based on previously known sources, with new
information? We now recognize that Rabbinic texts are normative: they tell us how their
authors believed life should be lived, rather than the details of ordinary, everyday,
experience. What weight, then, should be given to traditional halakhic texts in evaluating
the contents of newly discovered written remains? And what light can be shed by these
new finds, especially those inscriptions and documents that record small moments of
ancient Jewish life, upon the long-familiar normative texts? The conference on Halakhah
in Light of Epigraphy was intended to generate discussion on these broad issues, as well
as to provide a forum for exploration of specific matters of Halakhah reflected in the
epigraphic sources. The papers in this volume tend to emphasize the centrality of
Halakhah in ancient Judaism. The first section of the volume is devoted to Halakhah in
the Dead Sea Scrolls, with contributions by Moshe Benovitz, Vered Noam, Eyal Regev,
Lawrence Schiffman, and Aharon Shemesh. These papers examine diversity in halakhic
positions, in terms of both exegesis and practice (e.g., festival rituals, dietary laws, and
sexual relationships), exploring evidence of halakhic development over the course of the
Second Temple period, and halakhic variety among different groups. The second section
relates to quotidian documents, and contains Hanan Eshel's survey of the legal documents
found in the refuge caves; Steven Fraade's examination of the parnas; Shamma
Friedman's analysis of the Jewish bill of divorce; and David Goodblatt's discussion of
dating formulae. The final section of the volume examines a variety of epigraphic sources,
and includes the following articles: Yonatan Adler on tefillin; Chaim Ben David on
synagogue inscriptions; Tal Ilan on burial practices; Ze'ev Safrai and Hannah Safrai on
an early Christian text; and Guy Stiebel on food at Masada.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Halakah
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