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By Alexander Samely

Alexander Samely surveys the corpus of rabbinic literature, which used to be written in Hebrew and Aramaic approximately 1500 years in the past and which includes the principles of Judaism, particularly the Talmud. The rabbinic works are brought in teams, illustrated by way of shorter and longer passages, and defined in response to their literary constructions and genres. Tables and summaries offer brief details on key subject matters: the person works and their nature, the recurrent literary varieties that are used generally in numerous works, suggestions of rabbinic Bible interpretation, and discourse recommendations of the Talmud. Key themes of present examine into the texts are addressed: their dating to one another, their solidarity, their ambiguous and 'unsystematic' personality, and their roots in oral culture. Samely explains why the nature of the texts is essential to an figuring out of rabbinic concept, and why they pose particular difficulties to fashionable, Western-educated readers.

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