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.
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.” --
The University of Illinois, RRJ 19 (2016) 147-172.
Table of contents
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,
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.