Development and Discontinuity in Jewish Law

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Overview

In Development and Discontinuity in Jewish Law, Ruth Sandberg analyzes ten biblical commandments and their interpretations in classical and medieval rabbinic sources. These texts reveal that the process of Jewish law is one of both development and discontinuity, in which biblical law can be enlarged upon and expanded, or conversely, be contracted, restricted, or even eliminated entirely. By presenting specific examples from Jewish law and tracing their process from the ancient biblical text to their codification in the sixteenth-century, Sandberg gives the reader an opportunity to see firsthand how Jewish legal texts actually operate and relate to one another.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761821656
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth N. Sandberg is Leonard and Ethel Landau Associate Professor of Rabbinics, Gratz College, Melrose Park, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Mitzvah of Obeying a Prophet 13
3 The Mitzvah of Not Removing a Landmark 33
4 The Mitzvah of Preserving Trees 47
5 The Mitzvah of Executing a Rebellious Son 67
6 The Mitzvah of Proper Attire 89
7 The Mitzvah of Dismissal from the Nest 105
8 The Mitzvah of the Parapet 135
9 The Mitzvah of Military Deferment for a Bridegroom 149
10 The Mitzvah of Not Muzzling an Ox 163
11 The Mitzvah of Corporal Punishment for Causing an Indignity 181
12 Conclusion 195
Notes 237
Bibliography 249
Index of Biblical and Rabbinic References 255
Index of Subjects 265
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