Creativity and Tradition: Studies in Medieval Rabbinic Scholarship, Literature and Thought

Creativity and Tradition: Studies in Medieval Rabbinic Scholarship, Literature and Thought

by Israel Ta-Shma


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This volume brings together sixteen of Professor Israel M. Ta-Shma's outstanding studies that were originally written in English, four of which are being published here for the first time. Set in Germany, northern France, Italy, Poland, and Spain, these essays focus on leading rabbinic scholars and their writings, as well as important issues of Jewish intellectual history, such as the nature of halakhah and aggadah, kabbalah and spirituality, childhood and popular religion. The richness of these studies is seen not only in their meticulous and innovative textual scholarship but also in the fascinating insights and unanticipated connections that typify all of Professor Ta-Shma's published work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674023932
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/30/2007
Series: Harvard Center for Jewish Studies / Yanoff-Taylor Series
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Israel Ta-Shma is Professor Emeritus at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Table of Contents



Ashkenazi Jewry in the Eleventh Century: Life and Literature

On the History of the Jews in Twelfth and Thirteenth-Century Poland

La Cultura Religiosa - The Chain of Tradition: South-Italian Rabbinic Tradition in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

The Library of the French Sages

Halakhah and Reality: The Tosafist Experience

Halakhah, Reality, and the Concept of Historical Change

Between East and West: R. Asher B. Yehiel and his son R. Jacob

Children in Medieval Germanic Jewry: A Perspective on Aries from Jewish Sources

The Law in Accordance with the Later Authority Hilkheta Ke-Vatra'Ei: Historical Observations on a Legal Rule

Early Modern Trends in Late West-European Talmud Commentary and their Influence on Popular Talmud Studies in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

The Acceptance of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in Italy

The Penetration of Ashkenazi Custom-Law and Folklore in the Zohar: The Phenomenon and its Historical Origin

The "Open" Book in Medieval Hebrew Literature: The Problem of Authorized Editions

The Study of Aggadah and its Interpretation in Early Rabbinic Literature

Rabbi Jonah Gerondi: Spirituality and Leadership

Professor Katz on Halakhah and Kabbalah

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