BN.com Gift Guide

An Introduction to Judaic Thought and Rabbinic Literature

Overview

Many people have heard the term Talmud but have little or no idea what it is, what it contains, and why it was written; moreover, few have ever actually looked into one of its works, and even fewer would make any sense of it if they did. Here, Sicker provides readers with insight into the nature and history of Judaic thought and its literature through illustrative examples and clear explanations. Rabbinic literature is important, even to those who are not religiously inclined, because it alone represents the ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $2.07   
  • New (1) from $153.12   
  • Used (2) from $2.07   
Introduction to Judaic Thought and Rabbinic Literature

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$28.99
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$50.00 List Price

Overview

Many people have heard the term Talmud but have little or no idea what it is, what it contains, and why it was written; moreover, few have ever actually looked into one of its works, and even fewer would make any sense of it if they did. Here, Sicker provides readers with insight into the nature and history of Judaic thought and its literature through illustrative examples and clear explanations. Rabbinic literature is important, even to those who are not religiously inclined, because it alone represents the embodiment of the intellectual legacy that has contributed enormously to the survival and continuity of the Jewish people. Through two thousand years of dispersion, rabbinic literature was the primary link to the past and provided hope for the future. It was, in effect, the intellectual homeland of a people scattered throughout the world. Even if one has never read any Judaic literature, he or she will have some notion of what it is after reading this book.

This book is written for the vast majority of adults who either attend synagogue or have a general interest in Judaism, whether Jewish or not. It provides insight into the meaning of terms that are used in sermons, lectures, and articles, such as Torah, halakhah, midrash, Talmud, and Jewish law, all of which are component elements of rabbinic literature. Sicker explains the meaning of these and other terms, the bodies of literature they refer to, and the historical linkage between them in an easy, accessible manner. In a sense, this book is not only a guide to the literature, but also an intellectual history of Judaic thought and culture that should be of interest to anyone even slightly curious about how Judaism managed to survive for millennia without central institutions or clerical hierarchy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"What Sicker makes eminently clear is that rabbinic writing and Judaic thought are not meant for casual consumption but for concentrated study. The highly complex and rich literature that has emerged from the original Books of Moses now has a highly complex and rich companion guide in Sicker's study. Recommended for libraries with scholarly studies of Judaic studies."

-

Library Journal

"This introduction to the Talmudic literature covers writings produced by the rabbinic movement, beginning in the period of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, and continuing beyond the completion of the Babylonian Talmud to the latest rabbinic, Midrashic texts (9th and 10th centuries). Beginning with an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, foundational to all rabbinic writing, the volume covers Midrash Halakhah (that is, rabbinic exegetical works that treat biblical law), the Mishnah, the Talmuds of the Land of Israel and Babylonia, and Midrash Aggadah (that is, homiletical interpretation of the Bible's narrative passages)….Appropriate to individuals with no background in the rabbinic literature….General readers."

-

Choice

"This volume is a good beginning for those who wish to study Mishnah, midrash aggadah, and/or law codes and related literature. The book is clearly written and the index, footnotes and list of references assist the student in taking the next step. Recommended for academic libraries and synagogues where there are serious students of Talmud."

-

Association of Jewish Libraries

Library Journal

The title of this ambitious, short book is a bit deceptive. Although Sicker, a prolific writer of books on Jewish history and biblical studies, seeks to introduce the reader to traditional Judaic thought through an explanation of rabbinic literature and the various books and tractates comprising Judaic literature, this is hardly an "introductory-level" text. After a detailed discussion of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh), the remaining seven chapters deal with complex topics such as biblical exegesis; the codification of applied law and practice; the evolution, similarities, and differences between the Babylonian Talmud and the Jerusalem Talmud; the meanings of biblical writings as collected in the Midrash; and a discussion of the state of Judaic thought in our new century. What Sicker makes eminently clear is that rabbinic writing and Judaic thought are not meant for casual consumption but for concentrated study. The highly complex and rich literature that has emerged from the original books of Moses now has a highly complex and rich companion guide in Sicker's study. Recommended for libraries with scholarly collections of Judaic studies.
—Herbert E. Shapiro

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275994655
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN SICKER is author of over 30 books on Jewish and Middle East history, geopolitics, political theory, and Biblical studies. He is a private consultant, writer, and lecturer. His books include The Rise and Fall of the Ancient Israelite States, Political Culture of Judaism, The Islamic World in Ascendency, The Middle East in the Twentieth Century, and many others.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
The TaNaKH or Hebrew Bible     1
Midrash Halakhah     23
The Mishnah     47
The Talmud     71
Midrash Aggadah     89
Law Codes and Related Literature     117
Bible Commentaries     135
The Contemporary State of the Literature     155
Notes     159
References     165
Index     169
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)