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Essential Figures in Jewish Scholarship

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Despite the fact that scholars of the post-Talmudic era have been of great importance to the continued interpretation of religious texts for more than a millennium, they are typically not given as much attention as their Talmudic-era predecessors. Essential Figures in Jewish Scholarship compiles thorough but manageable entries on the figures most vital to an understanding the scholarship of the post-Talmudic era.

In this valuable reference, Dr. Ronald L. Eisenberg catalogs and ...

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Overview

Despite the fact that scholars of the post-Talmudic era have been of great importance to the continued interpretation of religious texts for more than a millennium, they are typically not given as much attention as their Talmudic-era predecessors. Essential Figures in Jewish Scholarship compiles thorough but manageable entries on the figures most vital to an understanding the scholarship of the post-Talmudic era.

In this valuable reference, Dr. Ronald L. Eisenberg catalogs and explains the importance of more than two hundred figures who are most vital to an understanding of the teachings of the post-Talmudic rabbis. For these figures, who fall into the categories of Geonim (rabbis writing from 600–1100), Rishonim (1100—1500), and Acharonim (1500–present day), Eisenberg provides summaries of major teachings and scholarly contributions, as well as biographical information and illustrative quotations from relevant writings.

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Dr. Eisenberg has provided a useful encyclopedic overview of the Jewish writing and its creators. The citations are short, accessible for lay readers, and useful for rabbis and scholars as quick reference points . . . [Essential Figures in Jewish Scholarship] will be valuable for a wide range of users. Recommended for academic libraries, and for larger synagogues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765709936
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald L. Eisenberg is a physician in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deconness Medical Center in Boston and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Eisenberg has acted as scholar-in-residence at Tifferet Israel Synagogue in San Diego and Vilna Shul in Boston. He is the author of Essential Figures in the Bible and Essential Figures in the Talmud.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: History
Acronyms
Essential Figures in Jewish Scholarship
Appendix A: List of Figures
Appendix B: Major Works
Glossary
About the Author

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