Daily Reflections on Idolatry: Reading Tractate Avodah Zarah of the Babylonian Talmud

Daily Reflections on Idolatry: Reading Tractate Avodah Zarah of the Babylonian Talmud

by Joshua A. Fogel


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Comprised of rabbinic debates in the aftermath of the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.E.), the Talmud has provided the basis for Jewish ethical and practical norms for centuries. It is also an extremely long and forbiddingly difficult work that has accumulated countless commentaries just as complex. A recent translation with extensive notes has made the Talmud more accessible to English-language readers, but the textual difficulties remain. This volume looks at Avodah Zarah, one tractate of the Talmud concerned with idolatry, page by page. Idolatry was one of the cardinal sins for which an observant Jew was to accept death before transgressing. Daily Reflections on Idolatry offers a modern commentary with doses of humor and comparative examples in an effort to both explain and humanize the text and make it even more accessible to contemporary readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761859130
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 12/16/2012
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joshua A. Fogel is Canada Research Chair in the Department of History at York University. His previous work has focused primarily on the cultural relations between China and Japan over the past two centuries. His most recent works include Articulating the Sinosphere: Sino-Japanese Relations in Space and Time (Harvard University Press, 2009) and Czernowitz at 100: The First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), co-edited with Kalman Weiser.

Table of Contents

Chapter One (dapim 2–22a)
Chapter Two (dapim 22a–40b)
Chapter Three (dapim 40b–49b)
Chapter Four (dapim 49b–61b)
Chapter Five (dapim 62a–76b)
Glossary of Selected Terms
Index to Biblical and Rabbinic References
General Index

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