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Bibil Identifier bibil:247481
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Heresy and the Formation of the Rabbinic Community
Author Grossberg, David
Series Texte und Studien zum antiken Judentum (Volume: 168)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature HC 130/168
Place 296 "-02/05"
Publishing house Mohr Siebeck
Place Tübingen
ISBN 978-3-16-155147-5
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages x Pages
277 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract Between the first and sixth centuries C.E., a group of sages that scholars refer to as the rabbinic community systematized their ideas about Judaism in works such as the Mishnah and the Talmud. David M. Grossberg offers a new approach to thinking about this community's formation. Rather than seeking an occasion of origin, he examines the gradual development of the idea of an authorized rabbinic collective. The classical rabbinic texts imagine a diverse setting of Sadducees, Pharisees, sinners, and sectarians interacting in complex and changing ways with pious sages, teachers, and judges. Yet this representation aligns only vaguely with the social reality in which these ancient sages actually lived and operated. The author contends that these texts' primary aim was not to describe real rabbinic opponents but to create and enforce boundaries between piety and impiety and between legitimate and illegitimate teachings. In this way, the emerging rabbinic movement set standards of inclusion and exclusion in the community of righteous Israel and established the bounds of the community aspiring to lead them, the rabbinic community itself.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Talmudic Period : Rabbinism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Heresy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature
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