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Understanding The Talmud

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In Understanding the Talmud: A Modern Reader's Guide for Study, Rabbi Edward S. Boraz presents a thoughtful introduction to the Talmud designed for study by the untrained reader. Using a unique approach, Rabbi Boraz focuses on a specific selection from one tractate of the Talmud, allowing readers to uncover the moral and theological concerns of the text. The portion he has selected comes from the tractate Bava Metziah and deals with the conditions under which an oath may be administered in a civil lawsuit. On the...
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Overview

In Understanding the Talmud: A Modern Reader's Guide for Study, Rabbi Edward S. Boraz presents a thoughtful introduction to the Talmud designed for study by the untrained reader. Using a unique approach, Rabbi Boraz focuses on a specific selection from one tractate of the Talmud, allowing readers to uncover the moral and theological concerns of the text. The portion he has selected comes from the tractate Bava Metziah and deals with the conditions under which an oath may be administered in a civil lawsuit. On the surface this issue appears mundane and far removed from the domain of holiness. However, when the discourse is studied in relation to passages from Scripture, Midrash, and Mishnah that are also presented, it becomes a spiritual and ethical adventure. Before embarking on this journey of discovery, the reader is given a concise explanation of the rules of logic and the argumentative style utilized in the Talmud. It becomes evident that the Talmud's style is essential to its mission to understand the timeless messages of Torah in the context of the ever-changing world in which we live. Equipped with the necessary background, the reader is prepared to delve into the texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568216164
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward S. Boraz is the rabbi of Congregation Bnai Tzedek and cofounder of its Creative School of Jewish Learning. He received a Juris Doctor from Loyola University and practiced law for ten years. Awarded a Wexner Fellowship, he was ordained at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the college-institute in the field of rabbinics. He resides with his wife, Shari, and their two children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Exploring the Mitzvah of Talmud Study 1
2 Understanding the Roadblocks: Removing the Barriers 13
3 The Development of Sacred Literature from the Rabbinic View 31
4 The Historical Approach: Towards an Understanding of the Contemporary and Antecedent Literary Genres of the Talmud: Scripture, Midrash, Mishnah, Tosefta, and Baraitot 49
5 The Hermeneutics of the Talmud 73
6 The Talmud's Response to the Baraita of Rabbi Hiya 93
7 The Scriptural Foundation for the Talmudic Dialectic 127
8 The Synthesis of the Scriptural Foundation with the Talmud 161
9 Talmud and Scripture: Implications of a Scriptural Methodology in the Understanding of Talmud 181
Glossary 187
Bibliography 197
Index 201
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