The Reader's Guide to the Talmud

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BRILL, 2001 - Religion - 374 pages
This systematic introduction to the Talmud of Babylonia (Bavli) answers basic questions of form: how is this a coherent document? How do we make sense of the several languages in which it is written? What are the principal parts of the complex writing? Turning to questions of modes of thought, the account proceeds to address the intellectual character of the Bavli and in particular the character and uses of its dialectics. Finally, questions of substance come to the fore: how does the Talmud relate to the Torah? and how does tradition enter in? These basic questions of rhetoric, topic, and logic that anyone approaching the text will raise are dealt with clearly and authoritatively.

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The Bavlis One Voice
The Bavlis Two Languages
The Bavlis Constituent Elements
The Bavlis Intellectual Character
The Bavlis Dialectics
The Talmud and the Torah
The Question of Tradition
The Bavlis Unique Voice
Index of Textual References

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Jacob Neusner, Ph.D., Columbia University, is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. He has published more than 800 books and is Editor of The Brill Reference Library of Ancient Judaism: "Studies in Ancient Judaism" (University Press of America); "Academic Studies in the History of Judaism, Academic Studies on Religion and the Social Order, " (Global Publications) and "International Studies in Formative Christianity and Judaism" (Global Publications).

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