Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition, and Culture

Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition, and Culture

by Jeffrey L. Rubenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801877547

ISBN-13: 9780801877544

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

How should we understand the stories of the Babylonian Talmud? Where do they come from? Why are they in the Talmud? How do they relate to Talmudic law? In Talmudic Stories, Jeffrey Rubenstein deepens our appreciation for the complexity of these texts by drawing attention to the literary aspects and cultural contexts that are essential to understanding their

Overview

How should we understand the stories of the Babylonian Talmud? Where do they come from? Why are they in the Talmud? How do they relate to Talmudic law? In Talmudic Stories, Jeffrey Rubenstein deepens our appreciation for the complexity of these texts by drawing attention to the literary aspects and cultural contexts that are essential to understanding their narrative art, meanings, and importance. Focusing on six famous stories of the Babylonian Talmud and discussing many others in relation to these, Rubenstein's analysis illuminates the ways in which the rabbis used narratives to grapple with fundamental tensions of their culture. The book also features an appendix including the original Hebrew/Aramaic texts for the reader's reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801877544
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
981,748
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction •Torah, Shame, and "The Oven of Akhnai" (Bava Mesia 59a-59b) • Elisha ben Abuya: Torah and the Sinful Sage (Hagiga 15a-15b) • Torah and the Mundane Life: The Education of R. Shimon bar Yohai (Shabbat 33b-34a) • Rabbinic Authority and the Destruction of Jerusalem (Gittin 55b-56b) • Torah, Lineage, and the Academic Hierarchy (Horayot 13b-14a) • Torah, Gentiles, and Eschatology (Avoda Zara 2a-3b) • Conclusion

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