Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah

Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah

by Jacob Neusner
     
 

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Jacob Neusner has—in over sixty scholarly works, fourteen textbooks, and thirteen collections of essays—laid the foundation and completed the structure for a new understanding of the history of Judaism. The present volume is the capstone effort to date in this endeavor.

Neusner reconstructs and interprets the Mishnah's intellectual history, presenting a

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Jacob Neusner has—in over sixty scholarly works, fourteen textbooks, and thirteen collections of essays—laid the foundation and completed the structure for a new understanding of the history of Judaism. The present volume is the capstone effort to date in this endeavor.

Neusner reconstructs and interprets the Mishnah's intellectual history, presenting a picture of the beginnings and first major expression of Judaism. What makes this account distinctively historical, writes Neusner in his Introduction, will be our sustained effort to relate the unfolding of the ideas of the Mishnah to the historical setting of the philosophers of the document, to compare context and concept, to ask about the interplay between idea and social, material reality.

Neusner succeeds in this specific task and in the greater task of providing a work with methodological significance for the entire field of the history of religions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226576190
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/01/1985
Series:
Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism
Pages:
420

Meet the Author

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

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