Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition, and Culture

Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition, and Culture

by Jeffrey L. Rubenstein
     
 

"A distinctive and nuanced analysis of six narratives from the Babylonian Talmud." -- Hebrew Studies

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"A distinctive and nuanced analysis of six narratives from the Babylonian Talmud." -- Hebrew Studies

Editorial Reviews

Choice

This book offers the best set of literary readings of Talmudic materials in English, and the best English introduction to the issues such readings entail, that this reviewer has seen.

Journal of Jewish Studies
This book goes well beyond the explanation of difficult Talmudic stories. It presents, indeed, an entirely innovative theory. Rubenstein's argument is not only important, but also, I think, persuasive. This book should not be allowed to go unnoticed: in a well-trodden field like Talmudic studies one rarely gets the feeling that a major breakthrough has been achieved.

— Sacha Stern

Shofar
Rubenstein has produced a fascinating volume... Anyone who reads this book will find important new insights.

— Gary G. Porton

Journal of the American Academy of Religion
This is a mature work, in which the author invested much labor and thought. The thoroughness, methodical diversity, and scholarly discretion can serve as a model of the demanding standards that are to be expected from serious research into rabbinic literature.

— Eliezer Segal

Journal of Biblical Literature
It analyzes several notable rabbinic stories in a fresh and detailed manner.

— Carol Bakhos

Hebrew Studies
A distinctive and nuanced analysis of six narratives from the Babylonian Talmud... I would recommend this excellent book to Rubenstein's intended audience as well as anyone who is interested in the literary analysis of religious narratives... Rubenstein's analyses are careful and thorough, and he argues his points well. In addition, Talmudic Stories opens up a host of new challenges.

— Jonathan Schofer

Religious Studies Review
This work establishes Rubenstein as the leading scholar of narrative in the Babylonian Talmud.

— Marc Bregman

Booknews
Rubenstein (Hebrew and Judaic studies, New York U.) investigates how to understand the stories of the Babylonian Talmud, where they come from, why they are in the Talmud, and how they relate to Talmudic law. He focuses on six famous stories to examine the literary aspects and cultural contexts that help clarify their narrative art, meanings, and importance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal of Jewish Studies - Sacha Stern

This book goes well beyond the explanation of difficult Talmudic stories. It presents, indeed, an entirely innovative theory. Rubenstein's argument is not only important, but also, I think, persuasive. This book should not be allowed to go unnoticed: in a well-trodden field like Talmudic studies one rarely gets the feeling that a major breakthrough has been achieved.

Shofar - Gary G. Porton

Rubenstein has produced a fascinating volume... Anyone who reads this book will find important new insights.

Journal of the American Academy of Religion - Eliezer Segal

This is a mature work, in which the author invested much labor and thought. The thoroughness, methodical diversity, and scholarly discretion can serve as a model of the demanding standards that are to be expected from serious research into rabbinic literature.

Journal of Biblical Literature - Carol Bakhos

It analyzes several notable rabbinic stories in a fresh and detailed manner.

Hebrew Studies - Jonathan Schofer

A distinctive and nuanced analysis of six narratives from the Babylonian Talmud... I would recommend this excellent book to Rubenstein's intended audience as well as anyone who is interested in the literary analysis of religious narratives... Rubenstein's analyses are careful and thorough, and he argues his points well. In addition, Talmudic Stories opens up a host of new challenges.

Religious Studies Review - Marc Bregman

This work establishes Rubenstein as the leading scholar of narrative in the Babylonian Talmud.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801861468
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Martin S. Jaffee

Jeffrey Rubenstein's studies of some of the most well-known Talmudic stories are entirely fresh in approach and shed much new light on the literary methods by which the anonymous editors of the Talmud constructed their own work on the basis of inherited traditions and in light of their own theological concerns. He approaches any given tale from a number of overlapping and mutually informing perspectives that provide a richly layered interpretive web.

Meet the Author

Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is an associate professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He is the author of The History of Sukkot in the Second Temple and Rabbinic Periods; Rabbinic Stories; and the forthcoming The Culture of the Babylonian Talmud, which will also be published by Johns Hopkins.

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