The Talmudic Argument: A Study in Talmudic Reasoning and Methodology

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Overview

This book, the only one in English that can serve as a textbook for beginners and more advanced students of the Babylonian Talmud, examines in detail a number of typical lengthy passages with a view to showing how Talmudic reasoning operates and how the Talmud was compiled by its final editors. The book serves as an introduction to the nature of this fascinating work on which the Jewish mind has been intellectually stimulated and nourished for over 1500 years. Original insights into the Talmudic debates are provided for the consideration of Talmudic experts but the work is intended chiefly as a guide to students who wish to obtain a more than superficial idea of what the Talmud really is about.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521269483
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/1984
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Talmudic argument; 2. The literary form of the Babylonian Talmud; 3. Berērah: retrospective specification; 4. Yeush she-lo mi-dàat: unconscious abandonment of property; 5. Rubba: probability; 6. Davar she-lo ba le-'olam: conveyance of a thing not yet in existence; 7. Kol she-eyno be-zeh ahar zeh afilu be-vat ahat eyno: whatever cannot be established in a consecutive sequence cannot be established even in a simultaneous sequence; 8. Yesh horesh telem ehad: a single act of ploughing can result in a number of penalties; 9. Simanin de-oraita o de-rabbanan: whether reliance on distinguishing marks for the purpose of identification is Biblical or Rabbinic; 10. Devarim she-be-lev e nam devarim: mental reservations in contracts are disregarded; 11. Hazakah: presumptive state; 12. Gadol kevod ha-beriot: the law and regard for human dignity; 13. Hazmanah milts: whether the designation of an object for a particular use is effective; 14. Mitzvat laseh she-ha-zeman geramah: positive precepts dependent on time from which women are exempt; 15. Heyzek she-eyno nikar: indiscernible damage to property; 16. Kinyan hatzer: acquisition by means of a domain; 17. Palginan be-dibbura: admission of part of a testimony even though another part of the same testimony is rejected; 18. Tadir u-mekuddash: which takes precedence: the more constant or the more sacred?; 19. Palga nizka: the nature of the payment of half-damages to which the owner of a goring ox is liable; 20. Patur mi-diney adam ve-hayyav be-diney shamayim: cases where there is liability in the eyes of God even though the human courts cannot enforce payment; 21. Mahal 'al kevodo kevodo mahul: renunciation of honour by one to whom it is due; 22. Conclusions.

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