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Bibil Identifier bibil:246091
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Nine at Once
Title (English, ) A Study in the Mutability of Textual Traditions
Author Katzoff, Binyamin
Journal Hebrew Union College Annual (Volume: 80)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 39-62 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The halakhah concerning one who heard a single shofar blast from each of nine persons, all at once, appears in three works - Tosefta, Babylonian Talmud, and Halakhot Pesuqot. These works report traditions that are contrary both with respect to their content and with respect to their stated source. Furthermore, for each of these compositions there are substantial variations among its own textual witnesses. From the reconstruction here proposed of the original readings respectively of the Talmud and of Halakhot Pesuqot, there appear to have been two independent traditions - one of the talmudic manuscripts, the other of the Tosefta and Halakhot Pesuqot.
Applying the analysis of Yaakov Sussmann - distinguishing between two recensions of the Talmud, that of the early geonim, and that of the talmudic manuscripts and rishonim - we can discern in the material concerning the nine shofar blasts two separate stages in the formation of the Talmud. The traditions of the Tosefta and Halakhot Pesuqot are accordingly the earlier ones; those of the talmudic manuscripts represent the efforts of later transmitters who collected disparate yet similar halakhot, examining the relationship between them as they combined them into single literary units. If correct, the reconstruction of this pericope sheds desired light on the early, obscure period in the literary development of the Talmud.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Talmud (Babli and Yerushalmi) : Mo'ed : Rosh HaShanah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Tosefta : Mo'ed : Rosh HaShanah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Halakah
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