The Culture of the Babylonian Talmud

The Culture of the Babylonian Talmud

by Jeffrey L. Rubenstein

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ISBN-13: 9780801882654
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2005
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is a professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He is the author of The History of Sukkot in the Second Temple and Rabbinic Periods, Rabbinic Stories, and Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition, and Culture, the last available from Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementsvii
Abbreviations and Conventionsix
Tractatesxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1The Rabbinic Academy16
Chapter 2Dialectics39
Chapter 3Violence54
Chapter 4Shame67
Chapter 5Lineage and Rabbinic Leadership80
Chapter 6Wives102
Chapter 7Elitism: The Sages and the Amei ha'arets123
Chapter 8Conclusion: The Legacy of the Stammaim143
Notes163
Selected Bibliography207
General Index213
Source Index227

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Michael Satlow

Rubenstein's reconstruction of the social setting of the Bavli, building on the work of his previous book, Talmudic Stories, is remarkable because there is no direct evidence for the existence of such an Academy, or the anonymous scholars who labored in it. Recovering the distinctive culture that produced the Bavli is much like recovering the setting for the redaction of the Hebrew Bible. The Culture of the Babylonian Talmud fills a critical scholarly gap and should begin a healthy and overdue discussion of the role, culture, and underestimated contributions of the redactors of the Bavli.

Michael Satlow, Brown University

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