The authors reached back into history to understand the reasons and methods brilliant rabbis and Talmudic scholars abandoned the Holy Land, both physically and spiritually, to settle in what came to be known as the lands of the Diaspora. This dramatic exodus was contrary to the biblical injunction that all Jews must live in the land of Israel. The Battle of the Two Talmuds explains in great detail how the Babylonian scholars created their own interpretation of the Torah that grew to take precedence over that of the Jerusalem scholars. This book shows that all human beings are subject in various ways to power, glory, and guilt. It was power, glory, and guilt that has effected the tradition and scholarship of Judaism for the past 2,000 years. The reader learns how these qualities intertwined in a positive way to make Judaism an enduring and vibrant religion.
|Publisher:||Barricade Books, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite book related to Jewish religion. The authors dig into history to underand why and how rabbis and Talmudic scholoars abondoned the Holy Land (physically and spiritually) to make their way in what came to be known as the lands of Dispora. Many questions asked and explained in the book. I would recommend this book to everyone that's interested in world religion, and of course in the history of Judaism.
This book approaches some of our most pressing questions about how Israel and Judaism has arrived at where it is today, showing us the conflict between Jerusalem and Babylonian Torah scholars and the subsequent effects on Judaism. Recommended for anyone who is interesting in this complex history and is looking to more fully understand the state of Judaism as it exists today.