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The Talmud's Theological Language-Game: A Philosophical Discourse Analysis
     

The Talmud's Theological Language-Game: A Philosophical Discourse Analysis

by Eugene B. Borowitz
 

ISBN-10: 0791467015

ISBN-13: 9780791467015

Pub. Date: 03/23/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Analyzes the structure and logic of aggadic discourse in the Talmud.

In this pioneering effort, noted Jewish philosopher Eugene B. Borowitz opens up the rules by which the language-game of aggadic discourse is carried on in the Talmud, the foundational document of rabbinic and all later Judaism. These findings are compared with the aggadah (the realm in

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Analyzes the structure and logic of aggadic discourse in the Talmud.

In this pioneering effort, noted Jewish philosopher Eugene B. Borowitz opens up the rules by which the language-game of aggadic discourse is carried on in the Talmud, the foundational document of rabbinic and all later Judaism. These findings are compared with the aggadah (the realm in which almost all explicit statements about classic Jewish religious belief occur) of some other early rabbinic writings. Two issues drive Borowitz’s inquiry: What, if anything, constrains the unprecedented freedom of this realm? and How might one positively characterize the aggadah? Borowitz introduces us to the rabbis not only in their amazing profundity, but also in their unguarded humanity. He concludes with a reflection on how this old Jewish language-game should influence contemporary Jewish thought, and, perhaps, other religious thought as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791467015
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/23/2006
Series:
SUNY series in Jewish Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One. Entering the Maze of Rabbinic Diction

Introduction to a Religious Puzzle

1. What Is the Aggadah Problem?

Part Two. Scrutinizing Talmudic Aggadah at Three Levels

2. The Surface Characteristics

3. The Substantive Concerns

4. The "Logic"

5. Does Extending the Sample Alter the Finding?

Part Three. The Limits and Nature of Aggadah

6. Is Aggadic Discourse Self-Limiting?

7. Positively, What Is Aggadah

8. Reconstruing the Aggadah Problem

Afterword
Notes

Bibliography of Works Cited
Tina Weiss

Index

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