The Talmudic Argument: A Study in Talmudic Reasoning and Methodology

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $36.91
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 7%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $36.91   
  • New (4) from $36.91   
  • Used (1) from $57.67   


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.

Read More Show Less

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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)