The Wisdom of the Talmud

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This is a highly readable introduction to the Talmud, the age-old storehouse of Jewish wisdom. Bokser covers the long history of the Talmud, from its origin in the Babylonian exile, its growth through the five centuries after the Roman destruction of the Temple, and the later persecution of the Talmud. The book covers a number of high-level topics, including social ethics and personal morality, with numerous examples from the Talmud. Ben Zion Bokser was one of the major Conservative rabbis of America. He stressed...
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Overview

This is a highly readable introduction to the Talmud, the age-old storehouse of Jewish wisdom. Bokser covers the long history of the Talmud, from its origin in the Babylonian exile, its growth through the five centuries after the Roman destruction of the Temple, and the later persecution of the Talmud. The book covers a number of high-level topics, including social ethics and personal morality, with numerous examples from the Talmud. Ben Zion Bokser was one of the major Conservative rabbis of America. He stressed the Rabbinic sages and the Talmud as the source of Judaism. "This is not an uncommon impression and one finds it sometimes among Jews as well as Christians - that Judaism is the religion of the Hebrew Bible. It is, of course, a fallacious impression. Judaism is not the religion of the Bible." Bokser affirms revelation, but revelation is always framed in humans by man. "Man receives a divine communication when the divine spirit rests on him, but man must give form to that communication."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484996164
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/17/2013
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (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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