Reading the Talmud


Author: Henry Abramson
Publisher: Feldheim Publishers
ISBN: 9781583309063
Category: Education in rabbinical literature
Page: 453
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Who's Who in the Talmud


Author: Shulamis Frieman
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated
ISBN: 1461632544
Category: Religion
Page: 488
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This exceptional work, with entries from Rav Abba to Rav Zutra, is an unprecedented study of every rabbi in the Talmud. The reader will find concise entries on every rabbinic personality mentioned in the Talmud, major and minor alike, and will discover such facts as their dates of birth, education, and occupation. Most entries are accompanied by a brief story about the rabbinic personality, with sources cited for easy reference.

The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud


Author: David Weiss Halivni
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199876487
Category: Religion
Page: 352
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David Weiss Halivni's The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud, originally published in Hebrew and here translated by Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, is widely regarded as the most comprehensive scholarly examination of the processes of composition and editing of the Babylonian Talmud. Halivni presents the summation of a lifetime of scholarship and the conclusions of his multivolume Talmudic commentary, Sources and Traditions (Meqorot umesorot). Arguing against the traditional view that the Talmud was composed c. 450 CE by the last of the named sages in the Talmud, the Amoraim, Halivni proposes that its formation took place over a much longer period of time, not reaching its final form until about 750 CE. The Talmud consists of many literary strata or layers, with later layers commenting upon and reinterpreting earlier layers. The later layers differ qualitatively from the earlier layers, and were composed by anonymous sages whom Halivni calls Stammaim. These sages were the true author-editors of the Talmud. They reconstructed the reasons underpinning earlier rulings, created the dialectical argumentation characteristic of the Talmud, and formulated the literary units that make up the Talmudic text. Halivni also discusses the history and development of rabbinic tradition from the Mishnah through the post-Talmudic legal codes, the types of dialectical analysis found in the different rabbinic works, and the roles of reciters, transmitters, compilers, and editors in the composition of the Talmud. This volume contains an introduction and annotations by Jeffrey L. Rubenstein.

Jesus in the Talmud


Author: Peter Schäfer
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400827619
Category: Religion
Page: 232
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Scattered throughout the Talmud, the founding document of rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity, can be found quite a few references to Jesus--and they're not flattering. In this lucid, richly detailed, and accessible book, Peter Schäfer examines how the rabbis of the Talmud read, understood, and used the New Testament Jesus narrative to assert, ultimately, Judaism's superiority over Christianity. The Talmudic stories make fun of Jesus' birth from a virgin, fervently contest his claim to be the Messiah and Son of God, and maintain that he was rightfully executed as a blasphemer and idolater. They subvert the Christian idea of Jesus' resurrection and insist he got the punishment he deserved in hell--and that a similar fate awaits his followers. Schäfer contends that these stories betray a remarkable familiarity with the Gospels--especially Matthew and John--and represent a deliberate and sophisticated anti-Christian polemic that parodies the New Testament narratives. He carefully distinguishes between Babylonian and Palestinian sources, arguing that the rabbis' proud and self-confident countermessage to that of the evangelists was possible only in the unique historical setting of Persian Babylonia, in a Jewish community that lived in relative freedom. The same could not be said of Roman and Byzantine Palestine, where the Christians aggressively consolidated their political power and the Jews therefore suffered. A departure from past scholarship, which has played down the stories as unreliable distortions of the historical Jesus, Jesus in the Talmud posits a much more deliberate agenda behind these narratives.

The Talmud – A Biography

Banned, Censored and Burned. The Book They Couldn't Suppress
Author: Harry Freedman
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472905946
Category: History
Page: 256
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The story of the Talmud is the story of the Jewish people--a thrilling insight into Jewish culture and a devastating account of the history of anti-Semitism.

The Talmud and the Internet

A Journey Between Worlds
Author: Jonathan Rosen
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826455345
Category: Social Science
Page: 132
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Examining the contradictions of his inheritance as a modern American and a Jew, the author blends memoir, religious history, and literary reflection while exploring the parallel between a page of the Talmud and the home page of a Web site, and reflects on the contrasting deaths of his American and European grandmothers.

The Talmud


Author: N.A
Publisher: Book Tree
ISBN: 9781585092376
Category: Religion
Page: 384
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The Talmud is one of the most important holy books of the Hebrew religion and of the world. No English translation of the book existed until the author presented this work. To this day, very little of the actual text seems available in English -- although we find many interpretive commentaries on what it is supposed to mean. The Talmud has a reputation for being long and difficult to digest, but Polano has taken what he believes to be the best material and put it into extremely readable form. As far as holy books of the world are concerned, it is on par with The Koran, The Bhagavad-Gita and, of course, The Bible, in importance. This clearly written edition will allow many to experience The Talmud who may have otherwise not had the chance.

The Talmud Unmasked


Author: I. B. Pranaitis
Publisher: Blurb
ISBN: 9781366569219
Category: Cooking
Page: 72
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Written by a Catholic priest and Professor of the Hebrew Language, this book was first published in 1892. Pranaitis was able to read original Jewish manuscripts, and, according to his work, the Talmud contains much anti-Christian sentiment which the reader will find shocking. This booklet caused a storm when first published, and continues to do so today. The reader is left to answer the question: why?

Becoming the People of the Talmud

Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Cultures
Author: Talya Fishman
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812222873
Category: Religion
Page: 424
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Talya Fishman explores the impact of the textualization process in medieval Europe on the Babylonian Talmud's roles within Jewish culture.

Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud


Author: Yishai Kiel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107155517
Category: History
Page: 320
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This book explores sex and sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud within the context of competing cultural discourses, for students of comparative religion.

The Iranian Talmud

Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context
Author: Shai Secunda
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812245709
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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The Iranian Talmud reexamines the Babylonian Talmud—one of Judaism's most central texts—in the light of Persian literature and culture, providing an unprecedented and accessible overview to the vibrant world of pre-Islamic Iran that shaped the Bavli.

Law and Self-Knowledge in the Talmud


Author: Ayelet Hoffmann Libson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1108427499
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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Highlights the emergence of self-knowledge in rabbinic literature, showing how Babylonian rabbis relied on knowledge accessible only to the individual to determine the law.

Masters of the Talmud

Their Lives and Views
Author: Alfred J. Kolatch
Publisher: Jonathan David Pub
ISBN: 9780824604349
Category: Religion
Page: 488
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Presents biographical information on the thinkers who devoted their lives to the analysis and formulation of Jewish law, describing their family upbringing, treatment of spouses, sources of livelihood, and methods of argumentation.

The Talmud Yerushalmi and Graeco-Roman Culture


Author: Peter Schäfer
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161478529
Category: History
Page: 486
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This volume focuses on a wide range of topics such as gender studies, aspects of everyday life, Roman festivals, magic, etc., hereby reflecting on the methodological problems inherent in intercultural studies.

Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals

The Talmud After the Humanities
Author: Mira Beth Wasserman
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812294084
Category: Religion
Page: 328
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In Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals, Mira Beth Wasserman undertakes a close reading of Avoda Zara, arguably the Babylonian Talmud's most scandalous tractate. According to Wasserman, Avoda Zara is where this Talmud joins the humanities in questioning what it means to be a human.

The Talmud

A Selection
Author: N.A
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141916060
Category: Religion
Page: 896
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The Talmud is one of the most significant religious texts in the world, second only to the Bible in its importance to Judaism. As the Bible is the word of God, The Talmud applies that word to the lives of its followers. In a range of styles including commentary, parables, proverbs and anecdotes, it provides guidance on all aspects of everyday life from ownership to commerce to relationships. This selection of its most illuminating passages makes accessible the centuries of Jewish thought within The Talmud. Norman Solomon's clear translation from the Bavli (Babylonian) Talmud is accompanied by an introduction on its arrangement, social and historical background, reception and authors. This edition also includes appendixes of background information, a glossary, time line, maps and indexes.

The Talmud of the Land of Israel, Volume 3

Demai
Author: N.A
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226576602
Category: Religion
Page: 427
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Edited by the acclaimed scholar Jacob Neusner, this thirty-five volume English translation of the Talmud Yerushalmi has been hailed by the Jewish Spectator as a "project...of immense benefit to students of rabbinic Judaism."

The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud

Studies in the Achievements of Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Historical Literary-Critical Research
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1592442196
Category: Religion
Page: 202
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