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Forms of Rabbinic Literature and Thought: An Introduction

Alexander Samely


This book surveys the corpus of rabbinic literature, which was written in Hebrew and Aramaic about 1,500 years ago and which contains the foundations of Judaism, in particular the Talmud. The rabbinic works are introduced in groups, illustrated by shorter and longer passages, and described according to their literary structures and genres. Tables and summaries provide short information on key topics: the individual works and their nature, the recurrent literary forms which are used widely in different works, techniques of rabbinic Bible interpretation, and discourse strategies of the Talmud. K ... More

Keywords: Hebrew, Aramaic, Judaism, Talmud, literary structures, genres, oral tradition, rabbinic thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199296736
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Samely, author
Professor of Jewish Thought, Manchester University
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