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Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages

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"To some readers of this book, the Talmud represents little more than a famous Jewish book. But people want to know about a book that, they are told, defines Judaism. Everyman's Talmud is the right place to begin not only to learn about Judaism in general but to meet the substance of the Talmud in particular. . . . In time to come, Cohen's book will find its companion-though I do not anticipate it will ever require a successor for what it accomplishes with elegance and intelligence: a systematic theology of the ...
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Overview

"To some readers of this book, the Talmud represents little more than a famous Jewish book. But people want to know about a book that, they are told, defines Judaism. Everyman's Talmud is the right place to begin not only to learn about Judaism in general but to meet the substance of the Talmud in particular. . . . In time to come, Cohen's book will find its companion-though I do not anticipate it will ever require a successor for what it accomplishes with elegance and intelligence: a systematic theology of the Talmud's Judaism."
—(From the Foreword by Jacob Neusner)

Long regarded as the classic introduction to the teachings of the Talmud, this comprehensive and masterly distillation summarizes the wisdom of the rabbinic sages on the dominant themes of Judaism: the doctrine of God; God and the universe; the soul and its destiny; prophesy and revelation; physical life; moral life and social living; law, ethics, and jurisprudence; legends and folk traditions; the Messiah and the world to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805210323
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: REP
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 219,637
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

ABRAHAM COHEN (1887–1957) was the author of Everyman's Talmud editor of the Soncino Books of the Bible and participated in the Soncino translation of the Talmud and Midrash.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Sect. I Historical Antecedents
Sect. II The Mishnah
Sect. III Gemara and Midrash
Ch. I The Doctrine of God
Sect. I Existence 1
Sect. II Unity 4
Sect. III Incorporeality 6
Sect. IV Omnipresence 8
Sect. V Omnipotence 10
Sect. VI Omniscience 13
Sect. VII Eternity 15
Sect. VIII Justice and Mercy 16
Sect. IX Fatherhood 20
Sect. X Holiness and Perfection 22
Sect. XI The Ineffable Name 24
Ch. II God and the Universe
Sect. I Cosmology 27
Sect. II Transcendence and Immanence 40
Sect. III Angelology 47
Sect. IV Israel and the Nations 58
Ch. III The Doctrine of Man
Sect. I The Human Being 67
Sect. II The Soul 76
Sect. III Faith and Prayer 78
Sect. IV The Two Impulses 88
Sect. V Free Will 93
Sect. VI Sin 95
Sect. VII Repentance and Atonement 104
Sect. VIII Reward and Punishment 110
Ch. IV Revelation
Sect. I Prophecy 121
Sect. II The Torah 125
Sect. III Study of the Torah 135
Sect. IV The Written Torah 141
Sect. V The Oral Torah 146
Sect. VI The Practice of Torah 149
Ch. V Domestic Life
Sect. I Woman 159
Sect. II Marriage and Divorce 162
Sect. III Children 170
Sect. IV Education 173
Sect. V Filial Piety 180
Ch. VI Social Life
Sect. I The Individual and the Community 184
Sect. II Labour 191
Sect. III Master and Workman 196
Sect. IV Peace and Justice 203
Ch. VII The Moral Life
Sect. I Imitation of God 210
Sect. II Brotherly Love 212
Sect. III Humility 216
Sect. IV Charity 219
Sect. V Honesty 227
Sect. VI Forgiveness 228
Sect. VII Temperance 230
Sect. VIII Duty to Animals 235
Ch. VIII The Physical Life
Sect. I Care of the Body 238
Sect. II Rules of Health 241
Sect. III Dietetics 246
Sect. IV Treatment of Disease 250
Ch. IX Folk-Lore
Sect. I Demonology 260
Sect. II The Evil Eye 270
Sect. III Magic and Divination 274
Sect. IV Dreams 286
Sect. V Superstitions 291
Ch. X Jurisprudence
Sect. I The Courts 298
Sect. II Judges and Witnesses 305
Sect. III The Trial 309
Sect. IV Modes of Punishment 315
Sect. V Torts 322
Sect. VI Found Property 328
Sect. VII Bailment 331
Sect. VIII Tenancy 334
Sect. IX Sale and Delivery 337
Sect. X Prescriptive Right 341
Sect. XI Inheritance 343
Ch. XI The Hereafter
Sect. I The Messiah 346
Sect. II Resurrection of the Dead 357
Sect. III The World to Come 364
IV The Last Judgment 370
Sect. V Gehinnom 379
Sect. VI Gan Eden 383
Selected Bibliography 391
Index 395
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    A valuable reference work

    This is a valuable reference work for anyone interested in Jewish thought. It gathers Talmudic teachings around major subject headings, and cites the sources. A real help in understanding Judaism's way of seeing the world , and living in it wisely.

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