Judaism and Zoroastrianism at the Dusk of Late Antiquity: How Two Ancient Faiths Wrote Down Their Great Traditions

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Describes and contrasts how two major religions approached the problem of writing down the traditions of the ages. Just before 700 A. D., Judaic sages compiled the Talmud of Babylonia; just after 800 A. D., Zoroastrian priests compiled the Pahlavi books. In both cases, the projects codified thought and became authorities for the later development of the religions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555408893
  • Publisher: University of South Florida
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: USF Studies in the History of Judaism , #87
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

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Table of Contents

1 Judaism and Zoroastrianism at the Dusk of Late Antiquity 1
2 Writing Down the Great Tradition 17
3 The Bavli: Form and Program. A Sample 33
Pt. 1 The Pahlavi Rivayat of Aturfarnbag and the Talmud
4 The Pahlavi Rivayat of Aturfarnbag and the Bavli: Description and Comparison 53
5 Episodic Comparisons: The Family 87
I Exercising the Right of Refusal 89
II When Equal Shares in an Inheritance Have Been Guaranteed 94
III Disposing of an Inheritance of Thievery 98
6 Episodic Comparisons: The Social Order 105
I Relations to the Outside World 106
II Oaths Imposed on Children in Connection with the Father's Estate's Debts 113
III Can One Transfer Ownership of What Has Not Yet Come into Existence? 116
IV Some Preliminary Generalizations 122
Pt. 2 The Pahlavi Rivayat Accompanying the Dadestan I Denig and the Talmud
7 The Pahlavi Rivayat Accompanying the Dadestan i Denig: Form and Program Compared to the Bavli 127
8 Episodic Comparisons 143
I The Transmission of Uncleanness 143
II Master-Disciple Relationships 145
III Father-Son or Master-Disciple Relationships 149
IV Husband-Wife Relationships: The Wife's Perfect Obedience 152
V Commercial Relationships: True Value 156
VI The Relationship between Zoroaster and God, and between Our Sages of Blessed Memory and God 159
Pt. 3 Perspective on the Great Traditions
9 Ways of Writing Down Great Traditions in Israel and Iran 165
I [1] The Rule Unadorned, [2] the Rule Attached to a Myth, and [3] the Rule Joined to Its Reason: The Three Types of Re-Presenting Great Tradition in Late Antique Iran and Israel 165
II Myth and Rule in the Rivayats and in the Torah Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy. The Mishnah 168
III The Rule and Its Amplification in the Yerushalmi 170
IV The Rule and Its Reason in the Bavli 177
V The Bavli's Definition of Tradition 191
Index 193
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