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"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."
"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."
"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."
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