Halakhah in the Making: The Development of Jewish Law from Qumran to the Rabbis / Edition 1

Halakhah in the Making: The Development of Jewish Law from Qumran to the Rabbis / Edition 1

by Aharon Shemesh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520259106

ISBN-13: 9780520259102

Pub. Date: 11/18/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

Halakhah in the Making offers the first comprehensive study of the legal material found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and its significance in the greater history of Jewish religious law (halakhah). Aharon Shemesh's pioneering study revives an issue long dormant in religious scholarship: namely, the relationship between rabbinic law, as written more than

Overview

Halakhah in the Making offers the first comprehensive study of the legal material found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and its significance in the greater history of Jewish religious law (halakhah). Aharon Shemesh's pioneering study revives an issue long dormant in religious scholarship: namely, the relationship between rabbinic law, as written more than one hundred years after the destruction of the Second Temple, and Jewish practice during the Second Temple. The monumental discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran led to the revelation of this missing material and the closing of a two-hundred-year gap in knowledge, allowing work to begin comparing specific laws of the Qumran sect with rabbinic laws. With the publication of scroll 4QMMT-a polemical letter by Dead Sea sectarians concerning points of Jewish law-an effective comparison was finally possible. This is the first book-length treatment of the material to appear since the publication of 4QMMT and the first attempt to apply its discoveries to the work of nineteenth-century scholars. It is also the first work on this important topic written in plain language and accessible to nonspecialists in the history of Jewish law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259102
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/18/2009
Series:
Taubman Lectures in Jewish Studies Series
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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