The Literature of the Sages

A Re-Visioning

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This volume presents the major works of classical rabbinic Judaism as inter-related aggregates analyzed through three central themes. Part 1, “Intertextuality,” investigates the multi-directional relationships among and between rabbinic texts and nonrabbinic Jewish sources. Part 2, “East and West” explores the impact on rabbinic texts of the cultures of the Hellenistic, Roman, and Christian West and the Sasanian East. Part 3, “Halakha and Aggada,” interrogates the relationship of law and narrative in rabbinic sources. This bold volume uncovers alliances and ruptures -- textual, cultural, and generic -- obscured by document-based approaches to rabbinic literature.

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Christine Hayes, Ph.D., (1993), UC Berkeley, is Sterling Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University. She has published articles and monographs in talmudic-midrashic studies, including Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities (Oxford, 2002) and What's Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives (Princeton University Press, 2015), as well as edited volumes including The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law (Cambridge, 2017).
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Setting the Stage


Introduction
Christine Hayes

1 The Rabbis of History and Historiography
Hayim Lapin

2 Tradition, Scripture, Law, and Authority
Tzvi Novick

Part 1: Intertextuality


3 Intertextuality and Tannaic Literature: A History
Christine Hayes

4 Intertextuality and Amoraic Literature
Alyssa M. Gray

5 Second Temple Literature and the Rabbinic Library
Meir Ben Shahar, Tal Ilan, and Vered Noam

Part 2: East and West


6 The Greco-Roman West and Rabbinic Literature in Palestine and Babylonia
Richard Hidary

7 The Impact of ‘Pagan’ Rome
Katell Berthelot

8 From West to East: Christian Traditions and the Babylonian Talmud
Michal Bar-Asher Siegal

9 The Sasanian East and the Babylonian Talmud
Yishai Kiel

Part 3: Halakha and Aggada


10 Halakha and Aggada in Tannaic Sources
Steven D. Fraade and Moshe Simon-Shoshan

11 Halakha and Aggada in Post-Tannaic Literature
Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, Yonatan Feintuch, and Jane L. Kanarek

12 Resources for the Critical Study of Rabbinic Literature in the Twenty-First Century
Shai Secunda

Index of Primary Sources
Index of Modern Authors
Subject Index
The volume serves simultaneously as (1) an introduction to classical rabbinic literature (to the 7th century CE); (2) an introduction to the scholarship on classical rabbinic literature; (3) a bold revisioning of the field. It will become a standard reference for students and scholars of the field because of its sweeping overview of the history of scholarship and contemporary trends and methods in the study of rabbinic literature, and its orientation to and analysis of the major works of the rabbinic corpus.
It will be of interest to university and college libraries, specialists, and post-graduate students in the following fields: Ancient Judaism; Rabbinics (including Talmudic and midrashic studies); Jewish law; The study of Late Antiquity.
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