Torah in the Mouth: Writing and Oral Tradition in Palestinian Judaism 200 BCE-400 CE

Torah in the Mouth: Writing and Oral Tradition in Palestinian Judaism 200 BCE-400 CE

by Martin S. Jaffee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195140672

ISBN-13: 9780195140675

Pub. Date: 04/19/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The classical Rabbinic tradition (legal, discursive, and exegetical) claims to be Oral Torah, transmitted by word of mouth in an unbroken chain deriving its authority ultimately from diving revelation to Moses at Sinai. Since the third century C.E., however, this tradition has been embodied in written texts. Through judicious deployment and analysis of the evidence

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The classical Rabbinic tradition (legal, discursive, and exegetical) claims to be Oral Torah, transmitted by word of mouth in an unbroken chain deriving its authority ultimately from diving revelation to Moses at Sinai. Since the third century C.E., however, this tradition has been embodied in written texts. Through judicious deployment and analysis of the evidence, Martin Jaffee is able to show that the Rabbinic tradition, as we have it, developed through a mutual interpretation of oral and written modes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140675
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/19/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Pt. IOral Tradition and Second Temple Scribalism: The Spoken Word and Ideologies of the Book
1Social Settings of Literacy and Scribal Orality15
2Performative Reading and Text Interpretation at Qumran28
3The Media of Pharisaic Text-Interpretive Tradition39
Pt. IIOral Tradition and Early Rabbinism: The Spoken Word in an Ideology of Tradition
4Tannaitic Tradition as an Object of Rabbinic Reflection65
5The Ideological Construction of Torah in the Mouth84
6Composing the Tannaitic Oral-Literary Tradition100
7Torah in the Mouth in Galilean Discipleship Communities126
8Epilogue153
Appendix157
Notes161
Bibliography211
Index of Citations229
General Index237

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