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Socratic Torah: Non-Jews in Rabbinic Intellectual Culture

Jenny R. Labendz


This book investigates the self-perception and self-fashioning of the rabbis of Late Antiquity within a non-Jewish social and intellectual world. Rabbinic depictions of non-Jews interacting with rabbis are a window into how the rabbis viewed both non-Jews and themselves. Despite the highly internal and self-referential nature of rabbinic Torah study, some rabbis indeed imagined the involvement of non-Jews in rabbinic intellectual culture as an enriching aspect of the rabbis' own learning and teaching. The book identifies a subgenre of rabbinic texts called “Socratic Torah,” which portrays r ... More

Keywords: rabbis, Talmud, non-Jews, Late Antiquity, Socratic, epistemology, dialogue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199934560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenny R. Labendz, author
PhD from Jewish Theological Seminary in Talmud and Rabbinics, 2010