Introduction To The Talmud And Midrash / Edition 1

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Gunter Stemberger's revision of H. L. Strack's classic introduction to rabbinic literature, which appeared in its first English edition in 1991, was widely acclaimed.

Gunter Stemberger and Markus Bockmuehl have now produced this updated edition, which is a significant revision (completed in 1996) of the 1991 volume. Following Strack's original outline, Stemberger discusses first the historical framework, the basic principles of rabbinic literature and hermeneutics and the most important Rabbis. The main part of the book is devoted to the Talmudic and Midrashic literature in the light of contemporary rabbinic research. The appendix includes a new section on electronic resources for the study of the Talmud and Midrash.

The result is a comprehensive work of reference that no student of rabbinics can afford to be without.

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Editorial Reviews

Reprint of the T. & T. Clark (Scot.) edition of 1991 with a new (14 pp.) foreword. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800625245
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Series: Temple Books
  • Edition description: 1st Fortress Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 649,075
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Pt. 1 General Introduction
I The Historical Framework 1
II The Rabbinic School System 9
III Rabbinical Hermeneutics 17
IV Oral and Written Tradition 35
V Handling Rabbinic Texts: The Problem of Method 50
VI The Rabbis 62
VII Languages of Rabbinic Literature 111
Pt. 2 Talmudic Literature
I The Mishnah 119
II The Tosefta 167
III The Palestinian Talmud 182
IV The Babylonian Talmud 208
V The Extracanonical Tractates 245
Pt. 3 Midrashim
I Introduction 254
II The Halakhic Midrashim 269
III The Oldest Exegetical Midrashim 300
IV Homiletic Midrashim 313
V Midrashim on the Five Megillot 342
VI Other Exegetical Midrashim 350
VII Other Haggadic Works 354
VIII Compilations: Commentaries called 'Midrash' 383
Appendix 395
Abbreviations 400
Index of Subjects 405
Index of Passages 436
Index of Names 451
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