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.
The Reader's Guide to the Talmud
Marvin J. Heller
Further Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book addresses a variety of aspects of the early Hebrew book often treated in a cursory manner. The essays encompass book arts, printing-places and printers, and unusual book varia.
Steven Fine, Yeshiva University
Art, History and the Historiography of Judaism in the Greco-Roman World explores the complex interplay between visual culture, texts and their interpretations, arguing for an open-ended and self-aware approach to understanding Jewish culture from the first century CE through the rise of Islam.
Shai Secunda, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Steven Fine, Yeshiva University
Shoshannat Yaakov includes studies by leading scholars on Ancient Jewish and Iranian Studies and essays that combine both fields in the new discipline of Irano-Talmudica.
Edited by Elisheva Carlebach and Jacob J. Schacter
This work revisits the millennia-old Jewish-Christian encounter by providing a nuanced understanding of its challenges as well as presenting new perspectives on hitherto neglected areas of cultural, religious, and social interchange and influence.
Fook-Kong Wong and Dalia Yasharpour
This comprehensive textual treatment of the Kaifeng Passover Rite is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion as to the Community’s origins in particular and to comparative Jewish liturgy in general.
edited by Debra Reed Blank
This edited collection honors Menahem Schmelzer's influence upon the field of Jewish liturgy. Three generations of scholars apply different analytical methods to varying texts and ritual occasions, providing an up-to-date picture of the field and its implications for related areas.
Barak S. Cohen
Drawing on the scholasticism of the Late Nehardean amoraim, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of their halakhic/legal methodology, identity and dating. This analysis contributes to the scientific approach of the Bavli, and allows a better understanding of the development of Jewish Law.
Edited by Steven Fine
edited by Alan Avery-Peck and Jacob Neusner
Top scholars in Judaic and Christian studies treat the interrelationship between Judaism and Christianity, reflecting on how the two faiths have related to and been shaped by each other as they evolved in shared historical and cultural contexts, even as each has maintained its own distinctive ...
This study of early Rabbinic texts provides fresh and fascinating insights into the attitudes of the Rabbis towards “outsiders.”
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