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Rabbinic Literature

ISBN-10: 0687351936
ISBN-13: 9780687351930
Edition: 2005
Authors: Jacob Neusner
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Description: Rabbinic literature is a complex and interwoven body oftexts whose importance is extensive: it is, of course, central to studying Judaism;its texts are valuable for broad religious study andarecrucialfor understandingthe background of early  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 3/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Rabbinic literature is a complex and interwoven body oftexts whose importance is extensive: it is, of course, central to studying Judaism;its texts are valuable for broad religious study andarecrucialfor understandingthe background of early Christianity; and the history of biblical interpretation inevitably involves this quite immense and variedset of writings.There is no scholar more highly regarded as an authority on Rabbinic literature and Judaism than Jacob Neusner. And there is no educator better suited to explaining it in clear and concise terms, laying out the list of texts, their background and development, their content, the resources with which to delve more deeply into their meaning, and their importance for Judaism, biblical studies, and Christianity.This Essential Guide discusses all the texts in Rabbinic literature, including the Mishnah, Tosefta, Talmuds, and Midrash. With this Guide, students will better understand the complex and unique world of Judaism and its significance for studying the Bible, Judaism, and Christian origins.Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson , New York .The purpose of Abingdon Essential Guides is to fulfill the need for brief, substantive, yethighly accessible introductions to the core disciplines in theological and religious studies. Drawing on the best in current scholarship, written with the needs of students foremost in mind, andaddressed to learners in a number of contexts, Essential Guides will be the first choice of those who wish to acquaint themselves or their students with the broad scope of issues, perspectives, and subject matters within the study of religion and theology.

What is Rabbinic literature? : why is it important?
The oral Torah
The Rabbinic Canon : law (Halakhah)
The Rabbinic Canon : theology (Aggadah)
Rabbinic literature and the Hebrew scriptures
Rabbinic literature and the Christian scriptures
The contents and divisions of the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Talmuds

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