The Wisdom of the Talmud: A Thousand Years of Jewish Thought

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Although the foremost scripture of the Jewish faith is the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel embraced laws and customs passed down for centuries through the oral tradition. The Talmud represents the ancient rabbis' dedication to preserving these unwritten laws, which were the heart of the Jewish tradition. The present work attempts to clarify the relationship between the Bible and The Talmud, and convey to the reader new to Judaism the true spirit of The Talmud.
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Overview

Although the foremost scripture of the Jewish faith is the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel embraced laws and customs passed down for centuries through the oral tradition. The Talmud represents the ancient rabbis' dedication to preserving these unwritten laws, which were the heart of the Jewish tradition. The present work attempts to clarify the relationship between the Bible and The Talmud, and convey to the reader new to Judaism the true spirit of The Talmud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806522555
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Philosophical Library Series
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 1,439,031
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Talmud as Literature 1
The Bible Requires Supplementation
The Sanctions for Biblical Supplementation
The Method of Midrash Halakah
The Method of Midrash Haggadah
The Midrash as Literature
The Mishnah
The Tosefta
The Gemara
The Oral Torah and the Talmud
The Forerunners of the Talmud 30
The Sopherim
The Pharisees and the Sadducees
The Jews and the Romans
The National Disaster and the Emergence of the Rabbi
The Talmud in Its Historical Setting 55
The Aftermath of War
Reconstruction at Jabneh
Rebellion Renewed
The Rabbis at the Helm
A New Dawn in Babylonia
The Theological Elements in the Talmud 88
The Existence of God
Miracles
The Purpose of Human Existence
God as the Source of Morality
The Tools of Human Perfection
The Torah and the Commandments
Freedom and Its Consequences
The Messianic Hope
Social Ethics in the Talmud 106
The Unity of Mankind
The Uniqueness and Sanctity of Human Life
Consent and the Majesty of the Law
Social Welfare and Personal Freedom
Democracy and Family Life
Education and the Common Man
The Nation and the World Community
The Doctrine of Responsibility
Personal Morality in the Talmud 124
Confidence in Life
Envy, Jealousy and Pride
The Meaning of Good Will
The Imitation of God
The Meaning of Benevolence
Truth is the Seal of God
The Plea for Moderation
Cleanliness and Health
The Jurisprudence of the Talmud 138
Law, Theology and Ritual
Law and a Just Society
Moral Pressures on the Law
The Basis of Legal Controversy
Talmudic Law and the State
Law and Inwardness
The Law in Messianic Times
Human Wisdom in the Talmud 154
Dreams and the Subconscious
The Heart is Sovereign
Habit and Character
A Man Wears Many Masks
On the Psychology of Women
Education and Human Nature
Aids to Memory
Parables and Proverbs
Notes 173
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