Reading the Rabbis: The Talmud as Literature / Edition 1

Reading the Rabbis: The Talmud as Literature / Edition 1

by David Charles Kraemer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195096231

ISBN-13: 9780195096231

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Traditionally, the Talmud was read as law, that is, as the authoritative source for Jewish practice and obligations. To this end, it was studied at the level of its most minute details, with readers often ignoring the composite whole and attending only to final decisions. Methods of reading have shifted as more readers and students have turned to the Talmud for

Overview

Traditionally, the Talmud was read as law, that is, as the authoritative source for Jewish practice and obligations. To this end, it was studied at the level of its most minute details, with readers often ignoring the composite whole and attending only to final decisions. Methods of reading have shifted as more readers and students have turned to the Talmud for evidence of rabbinic history, religion, rhetoric, or anthropology; still, few have employed a genuinely literary approach. In Reading the Rabbis, Kraemer attempts to fill this gap. He uses the tools developed in the study of other literatures, particularly rhetorical and reader-response criticisms, to unearth previously unnoticed levels of meaning. His book offers a new understanding of the complexity of Rabbinic Judaism, and a new model of rabbinic piety.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195096231
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsxiii
1.Introduction: The Talmud as Religious Literature3
2.Torah, Written and Oral20
3.The Rabbis and Scripture33
4.Rhetorics of Tradition and Innovation49
5.On Truth, Human and Divine60
6.Pluralism and Pragmatism71
7.Women Categorized86
8.The Problem with Foreskin: Circumcision, Gender, Impurity, and Death109
9.On Human Suffering124
10.The Difference a Lens Makes142
Notes151
Bibliography159
Index163

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