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Torah in the Mouth: Writing and Oral Tradition in Palestinian Judaism, 200 BCE - 400 CE

Martin S. Jaffee


This book is a study of the relationship of oral tradition to written sources among different Jewish groups that thrived in Palestine from the later Second Temple period into Late Antiquity. Its main concern is to track the emerging awareness, within diverse Palestinian scribal groups, of the distinction between written books and the oral traditions upon which they were based or in light of which they were interpreted. The thesis holds that during the Second Temple period in particular, diverse Jewish scribal communities –such as the composers of Jewish pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea community, ... More

Keywords: Dead Sea community, discipleship, Late Antiquity, Oral Torah, Oral tradition, Pharisees, pseudepigrapha, rabbinic Judaism, scribal communities, Second Temple

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140675
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195140672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin S. Jaffee, author
University of Washington
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