A Legacy of Learning

Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner


In a career spanning over fifty years, the questions Jacob Neusner has asked and the critical methodologies he has developed have shaped the way scholars have come to approach the rabbinic literature as well as the diverse manifestations of Judaism from rabbinic times until the present. The essays collected here honor that legacy, illustrating an influence that is so pervasive that scholars today who engage in the critical study of Judaism and the history of religions more generally work in a laboratory that Professor Neusner created. Addressing topics in ancient and Rabbinic Judaism, the Judaic context of early Christianity, American Judaism, World Religions, and the academic study of the humanities, these essays demarcate the current state of Judaic and religious studies in the academy today.

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Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Judaic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.

Bruce Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College.

William Scott Green is Professor of Religious Studies, Senior Vice Provost, and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Miami.

Gary G. Porton is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
"The compilation of essays in Neusner’s honor is, among other things, a wonderful testament to his most important and innovative scholarly claims.” --Dov Weiss, The University of Illinois, RRJ 19 (2016) 147-172.
Jacob Neusner’s Legacy of Learning, William S. Green, Alan J. Avery-Peck, Bruce Chilton, Gary G. Porton
The Amoraic Agenda in Bavli Rosh Hashanah: A Generational Analysis, Alan J. Avery-Peck
Women and Gender in Jacob Neusner’s Writings, Judith R. Baskin
“It is time to act for the Lord:” In Appreciation of Midrash Samuel, Craig A. Evans
Tent of Meeting as bet ulpana: Temple as Torah in the Targums of Israel, Paul V.M. Flesher
Talmudic Stories about Angry and Annoyed Rabbis, Joel Gereboff
Judaism Evolving: An Experimental Preliminary Translation, William Scott Green
“The Weaver of Midrash in Performance:” Notes to an Oral-Performative Translation of Sifre Devarim, Martin S. Jaffee
The “Neusnerian Turn” in Method and the End of the Wissenschaft as We Knew It, Peter J. Haas
Israelite Religion in the Light of Hebrew Epigraphy: The Inscriptions from Kuntillet 'Ajrud, Baruch A. Levine
How the Rabbis Imagined Sarah: A Preliminary Study of the Feminine in Genesis Rabbah, Gary G. Porton
Varieties of Religious Visualizations, Tzvee Zahavy
Vayavo Ya’acov Shalem, Herbert Basser
The Platform of Mark’s Gospel, Its Aramaic Sources and Mark’s Achievement, Bruce Chilton
Embodied Judaism, Emplaced Judaism, David Kraemer
Jesus Talks Back, Amy-Jill Levine
Parting of the Ways that Never Parted: Judaism and Christianity in the Work of Jacob Neusner, Elliot R. Wolfson
The American Jewish Holocaust “Myth” and “Negative Judaism:” Jacob Neusner’s Contribution to American Judaism, Shaul Magid
Intentionality and Meaning, Robert Berchman
Another Prophetic Paradigm: Moses in Sufi Verse, Th. Emil Homerin
The Formative Period of Islam and the Documentary Approach: A Prolegomenon, Aaron W. Hughes
Transcendent Education: Immortality and the Liberal Arts, Roger Brooks
All interested in Judaism, both in its formative, rabbinic period and in its broader span of existence up to contemporary times. The volume focuses as well on the Judaic setting of early Christianity, and its relationship to Greco-Roman philosophy and Islam.
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