War and Peace in Rabbinic Judaism: A Documentary Account

Overview

This book surveys the treatment of war and peace in the canon of Rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity: to what does Judaism refer when it speaks of war and peace in the context of the Hebrew words "milhamah" (war) and "shalom" (peace)? But this study is not lexical. It is categorical. "War" represents a commanding, coherent category-formation, while "peace" covers a variety of circumstances and transactions. "War" is specifically a Halakhic category and "Peace" an Aggadic taxon. Do "war" and "peace" present us with...

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Overview

This book surveys the treatment of war and peace in the canon of Rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity: to what does Judaism refer when it speaks of war and peace in the context of the Hebrew words "milhamah" (war) and "shalom" (peace)? But this study is not lexical. It is categorical. "War" represents a commanding, coherent category-formation, while "peace" covers a variety of circumstances and transactions. "War" is specifically a Halakhic category and "Peace" an Aggadic taxon. Do "war" and "peace" present us with a lexical or a categorical phenomenon? War forms a category-formation and peace is a substantive - a word bearing diffuse references. With what consequence? When we come across the word "war" without further data, we know the context and intent, but "peace" covers a mass of miscellaneous, free-standing facts and diverse implications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761855989
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Series: Studies in Judaism Series
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Neusner is a leading figure in the American academic study of religion. He revolutionized the study of Judaism and brought it into the field of religion, and he built intellectual bridges between Judaism and other religions, thereby laying the groundwork for durable understanding and respect among religions. He has advanced the careers of younger scholars and teachers through his teaching and publication programs. Neusner's influence on the study of Judaism and religion is broad, powerful, distinctive, and enduring.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Mishnah Chapter 4 The Tosefta Chapter 5 Sifra Chapter 6 Sifré to Numbers and Sifré Zutta to Numbers Chapter 7 Sifré to Deuteronomy Chapter 8 Mekhilta Attributed to R. Ishmael Chapter 9 Genesis Rabbah Chapter 10 Leviticus Rabbah Chapter 11 Pesiqta deRab Kahana Chapter 12 Song of Songs Rabbah Chapter 13 Lamentations Rabbah Chapter 14 Ruth Rabbah Chapter 15 Esther Rabbah I Chapter 16 Fathers According to R. Nathan Chapter 17 Yerushalmi Berakhot and the Division of Zeraim Chapter 18 Yerushalmi Moed Chapter 19 Yerushalmi Nashim Chapter 20 Yerushalmi Neziqin and Tractate Niddah Chapter 21 Bavli Tractate Berakhot and the Division of Moed Chapter 22 Bavli Nashim Chapter 23 Bavli Neziqin Chapter 24 Bavli Division of Qodoshim and Tractate Niddah Chapter 25 War in the Halakhah, Peace in the Aggadah

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