Structure and Form in the Babylonian Talmud
By (author) Louis Jacobs
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Structure and Form in the Babylonian Talmud by Louis Jacobs
Book DescriptionThis book attempts to uncover the basic form and structure of the Babylonian Talmud, which is a centrally important text in Jewish studies. The contribution made by Dr Jacobs to the study of the Talmud consists in his presentation of the literary principles employed in its composition, and he here presents a clear survey indicating the manner in which earlier material was reworked in order to make each component, or sugya, into a carefully structured and self-consistent unit. Jacobs compares the editors' methods in this regard with the manner in which Shakespeare converted the variety of chronicles and source material available to him into a much more dramatic literary form, which - while preserving the kernel of the story - completely transformed its character and impact. Dr Jacobs' study constitutes an excellent introduction to the Babylonian Talmud and to the nature of rabbinic thinking.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521050319
(216mm x 138mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Jacobs conducts a thorough survey of some of the most important instances where the individual is discussed in the Jewish religious tradition.
Jewish Religion, Hardback (September 1995)
From manna to witchcraft, Aaron to Zweifel - this fascinating and comprehensive companion is intended as both a personal testimony of Jewish belief and practice and an invaluable guide for anyone interested in finding more about the Jewish religion.
Structure and Form in the Babylonian Talmud, Hardback (August 1991)
This book attempts to uncover the basic form and structure of this important text in Jewish studies.
Talmudic Argument, Paperback (September 1984)» View all books by Louis Jacobs
This book examines in detail a number of typical lengthy passages with a view to showing how Talmudic reasoning operates and how the Talmud was compiled by its final editors.
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