Rabbinic Stories

ISBN-10: 0809140241

ISBN-13: 9780809140244

Edition: 2001

Authors: Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, Jeffrey L. Rubenstein

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 5/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is a professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He is the author of The History of Sukkot in the Second Temple and Rabbinic Periods, Rabbinic Stories, and Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition, and Culture, the last available from Johns Hopkins.

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Historical Memories and the Lessons of History
Hasmonean Memoriesp. 25
The Festival of Hanukka (Bavli Shabbat 21a)p. 27
Nikanor's Day (Bavli Taanit 18b)p. 27
The War of Aristobolus and Hyrcanus (Bavli Sotah 49b)p. 29
Of Sieges and Sacrifices (Yerushalmi Berakhot 4:1, 7b)p. 29
The Sages and King Yannai: Standing Up to Authority (Bavli Sanhedrin 19a-b)p. 31
Herod and Bava b. Buta (Bavli Bava Batra 3b-4a)p. 33
Stories of Destructionp. 38
The Destruction of the Second Temple (I) (Bavli Gittin 55b-57a)p. 38
The Destruction of the Second Temple (II) (Avot d'Rabbi Natan [section]4)p. 48
The Destructions of Tur Malka and Betar (Bavli Gittin 57a)p. 51
Bar Kokhba: Hubris and Defeat (Yerushalmi Taanit 4:8, 68d)p. 55
Rebuilding the Temple (Genesis Rabbah 64:8)p. 61
Rabbinic Authority, Rabbinic Character
The Banning of Akavia b. Mehalalel: A Dissident Opposes the Majority (Mishna Eduyyot 5:6-7)p. 67
Hillel and the Passoverp. 71
Hillel and the Passover (I): The Sources and Methods of Rabbinic Law (Tosefta Pesahim 4:13-14)p. 71
Hillel and the Passover (II): Mastery of Torah and Arrogance (Bavli Pesahim 66a)p. 74
Hillel and the Passover (III): The Importance of Tradition (Yerushalmi Pesahim 6:1, 33a)p. 76
The "Oven of Akhnai": Rabbinic Authority and Human Dignity (Bavli Bava Metsia 59a-59b)p. 80
The New Month and the Authority of the Patriarch (Mishna Rosh HaShana 2:9-11)p. 85
Authority over the Calendarp. 88
Palestinian Privilege; Babylonian Challenge (I) (Yerushalmi Sanhedrin 1:2, 19a)p. 90
Palestinian Privilege; Babylonian Challenge (II) (Bavli Berakhot 63a-b)p. 91
Life and Death in the Rabbinic Academy
Conflict in the Academy: The Deposition of Rabban Gamalielp. 95
Gamaliel the Tyrant (Yerushalmi Berakhot 4:1, 7c-d)p. 98
Gamaliel the Elitist (Bavli Berakhot 27b-28a)p. 99
Leadership of the Academy: Lineage or Torah? (Bavli Horayot 13b-14a)p. 104
The Saga of Rav Kahana: The Torah of Babylonia vs. the Torah of Palestine (Bavli Bava Qama 117a-b)p. 109
The Tragedy of R. Yohanan and Resh Laquish: Give Me Dialectics or Give Me Death! (Bavli Bava Metsia 84a)p. 114
The Tragedy of Honi: Give Me Fellowship or Give Me Death! (Bavli Taanit 23a)p. 117
Holy Men and Rabbinic Masters
R. Shimon bar Yohaip. 121
R. Shimon bar Yohai, the Miracle-worker (Yerushalmi Sheviit 9:1, 38d)p. 123
The Education of R. Shimon bar Yohai (Bavli Shabbat 33b-34a)p. 125
Honi the Circle-Drawer: The Holy Man and Rainp. 128
Honi's Prayers for Rain (I) (Mishna Taanit 3:9-12)p. 129
Honi's Prayers for Rain (II) (Bavli Taanit 23a)p. 130
R. Yehoshua b. Levi and the Angel of Death (Bavli Ketubot 77b)p. 133
Women, Wives and Marriage
Rabbis and Wives: Love, Babylonian Style (Bavli Ketubot 62b)p. 139
God as Marriage-Maker (Leviticus Rabbah 8:1)p. 146
Rabbis, Husbands and Wivesp. 148
The Pious Wife (Yerushalmi Sotah 1:4, 16d)p. 149
The Ugly Wife (Bavli Nedarim 66b)p. 150
Beruria (Bavli Eruvin 53b, Berakhot 10a)p. 151
Romans, Gentiles and Others
Alexander Macedon and the World Court (Bavli Sanhedrin 91a)p. 157
Alexander Macedon and the Faraway King (Yerushalmi Bava Metsia 2:5, 8c)p. 161
Antoninus and Rabbip. 163
The Body and the Soul (Bavli Sanhedrin 91a)p. 164
The Evil Inclination (Genesis Rabbah 34:10)p. 165
Political Consultation (Genesis Rabbah 67:5)p. 166
Antoninus, Servant of Rabbi (Bavli Avodah Zarah 10b)p. 167
Jesus and His Disciplesp. 169
Rabbis and Christians (Tosefta Hullin 2:22-24)p. 172
Jesus the Wayward Disciple (Bavli Sanhedrin 107b)p. 174
The Trial and Death of Jesus (Bavli Sanhedrin 43a)p. 175
Onqelos the Convert (Bavli Avodah Zarah 11a)p. 176
The Life of Piety: Charity, Commandments, Virtues
Hillel, Shammai and Converts: Virtues and Theological Basics (Bavli Shabbat 31a)p. 181
The Commandment of the Fringes and Its Reward (Sifre Numbers [section]115)p. 186
The Power of Righteousness (Bavli Shabbat 156b)p. 190
The Honor of Parents (Yerushalmi Qiddushin 1:6, 61b / Bavli Qiddushin 31b)p. 193
The Pursuit of Torah (Bavli Yoma 35b, Sanhedrin 10a, Berakhot 62a)p. 200
Suffering, Martyrdom and Theodicy
Nahum of Gamzu: Happy that You See Me Sufferp. 207
To Suffer or Not to Suffer (Yerushalmi Peah 8:9, 21b)p. 208
The Rewards for Suffering (Bavli Taanit 21a)p. 208
Suffering: Not Them and Not Their Rewardp. 210
Test of the Righteous (Song of Songs Rabbah 2:16)p. 211
Not Them and Not Their Reward (Bavli Berakhot 5b)p. 213
Theodicy and Torah (Bavli Menahot 29b)p. 215
Stories of Martyrdomp. 218
The Mother and Her Seven Sons (Bavli Gittin 57b)p. 220
The Martyrdom of R. Ishmael and R. Shimon (Mekhilta d'Rabbi Ishmael, Neziqin, [section]18)p. 222
The Martyrdom of R. Akiba (I) (Yerushalmi Berakhot 9:5, 14b)p. 223
The Martyrdom of R. Akiba (II) (Bavli Berakhot 61b)p. 223
Sin and Repentance
Stories of Elisha b. Abuyap. 229
Elisha as Sinning Sage: The Inviolability of Torah (I) (Bavli Hagiga 15a-b)p. 230
Elisha as Sinning Sage: The Inviolability of Torah (II) (Yerushalmi Hagiga 2:2, 77b-c)p. 237
Elisha the Heinous Sinner (Yerushalmi Hagiga 2:1, 77b)p. 242
The Power of Repentance (Bavli Avodah Zarah 17a)p. 245
A Sinner's Good Deed (Yerushalmi Taanit 1:4, 64b)p. 247
Notesp. 249
Bibliographyp. 303
Indicesp. 305
Index of Biblical and Rabbinic Sourcesp. 305
Subject and Name Indexp. 311
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