The Talmud: What It Is and What It Says

The Talmud: What It Is and What It Says

by Jacob Neusner

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Wherever Jews have settled and whatever languages they spoke, they created a community with a single set of common values. One law, one theology defined the community throughout their many migrations. A single book explains how this came about—the Talmud. By re-framing the Torah through sustained argument and analysis, the Talmud encourages the reader to actively apply reason and practice logic.

Renowned scholar Jacob Neusner introduces readers to the Talmud, defining it, explaining its historical context, and illustrating why it remains relevant today. Neusner's The Talmud: What It Is and What It Says invites readers to engage with the text, and emphasizes that the Talmud will continue to be an important cultural guidebook for Jewish life through the next millennium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461645771
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/24/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 574 KB

About the Author

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He is also a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and Life Member of Clare Hall at Cambridge University, England. He has published numerous books with University Press of America on Jewish studies, particularly Rabbinic Judaism.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface
Part 2 Chapter 1. History: The World in Which the Talmud Came Into Being
Part 3 Chapter 2. What is the Mishnah?
Part 4 Chapter 3. What is the Gemara?
Part 5 Chapter 4. The Two Talmuds
Part 6 Chapter 5. How Is the Talmud Part of the Torah?
Part 7 Chapter 6. How is the Sage Part of the Torah?
Part 8 Chapter 7. How Does the Talmud Present God?
Part 9 Glossary
Part 10 Sources of Rabbinic Texts
Part 11 Index
Part 12 About the Author

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