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This book attempts to uncover the basic form and structure of the Babylonian Talmud, a centrally important text in Jewish studies. The novel contribution made by Dr. Jacobs to the study of the Talmud consists in his concentration on the literary principles employed in its composition, and he presents a clear study indicating the manner in which earlier material was reworked in order to make each component, or sugya, into a carefully structured and self-consistent unit.Read more
- Innovative study of the Babylonian Talmud, one of the fundamental texts of Judaism and Jewish studies
- The author is very well known, both as a scholar (and writer of earlier CUP book The Talmudic Argument), and as a spokesperson for British Reformed Judaism, in which he is widely considered a leading light and authority
- Written in a lucid, non-technical style, which should lead to interest from individual scholars and non-specialists
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- Date Published: February 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521050319
- length: 152 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9 mm
- weight: 0.2kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
The Babylonian Talmud: an introductory note
1. How much of the Babylonian Talmud is pseudepigraphic?
2. The Babylonian Talmud: an academic work
3. Rabbinic views on the order and authorship of the Biblical books
4. Literary analysis of the sugya in Bava Kama 11a-12b
5. Literary analysis of the sugya in Bava Kama 20a-21a
6. Literary analysis of the sugya on taking the blame on oneself
7. Literary analysis of the sugya of 'half and half'
8. Rabbi Joshua b. Hananiah and the elders of the house of Athens
9. Bavli and Yerushalmi on Rabban Gamaliel and Rabbi Joshua
10. Bavli and Yerushalmi on Rabbi Dosa and the Sages
11. The Rabbi Banaah stories in Bava Batra 58a-b
12. The device of addehakhi, 'just then'
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