Classic Essays in Early Rabbinic Culture and History (Classic Essays in Jewish History) (Hardcover)

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Classic Essays in Early Rabbinic Culture and History (Classic Essays in Jewish History) (Hardcover)

By Christine Hayes (Editor)


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This volume brings together a set of classic essays on early rabbinic history and culture, seven of which have been translated into English especially for this publication. The studies are presented in three sections according to theme: (1) sources, methods and meaning; (2) tradition and self-invention; and (3) rabbinic contexts. The first section contains essays that made a pioneering contribution to the identification of sources for the historical and cultural study of the rabbinic period, articulated methodologies for the study of rabbinic history and culture, or addressed historical topics that continue to engage scholars to the present day. The second section contains pioneering contributions to our understanding of the culture of the sages whose sources we deploy for the purposes of historical reconstruction, contributions which grappled with the riddle and rhythm of the rabbis' emergence to authority, or pierced the veil of their self-presentation. The essays in the third section made contributions of fundamental importance to our understanding of the broader cultural contexts of rabbinic sources, identified patterns of rabbinic participation in prevailing cultural systems, or sought to define with greater precision the social location of the rabbinic class within Jewish society of late antiquity. The volume is introduced by a new essay from the editor, summarizing the field and contextualizing the reprinted papers.

About the series

Classic Essays in Jewish History

(Series Editor: Kenneth Stow)

The 6000 year history of the Jewish peoples, their faith and their culture is a subject of enormous importance, not only to the rapidly growing body of students of Jewish studies itself, but also to those working in the fields of Byzantine, eastern Christian, Islamic, Mediterranean and European history. Classic Essays in Jewish History is a library reference collection that makes available the most important articles and research papers on the development of Jewish communities across Europe and the Middle East. By reprinting together in chronologically-themed volumes material from a widespread range of sources, many difficult to access, especially those drawn from sources that may never be digitized, this series constitutes a major new resource for libraries and scholars. The articles are selected not only for their current role in breaking new ground, but also for their place as seminal contributions to the formation of the field, and their utility in providing access to the subject for students and specialists in other fields. A number of articles not previously published in English will be specially translated for this series. Classic Essays in Jewish History provides comprehensive coverage of its subject. Each volume in the series focuses on a particular time-period and is edited by an authority on that field. The collection is planned to consist of 10 thematically ordered volumes, each containing a specially-written introduction to the subject, a bibliographical guide, and an index. All volumes are hardcover and printed on acid-free paper, to suit library needs. Subjects covered include:

The Biblical Period The Second Temple Period

The Development of Jewish Culture in Spain

Jewish Communities in Medieval Central Europe

Jews in Medieval England and France

Jews in Renaissance Europe

Jews in Early Modern Europe

Jews under Medieval Islam

Jews in the Ottoman Empire and North Africa

Christine Hayes is Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica, Yale University, USA, and author of several books in biblical and rabbinic studies, including Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities (2002) and What's Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives (2015).
Product Details ISBN: 9781409425052
ISBN-10: 1409425053
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: March 16th, 2017
Pages: 554
Language: English
Series: Classic Essays in Jewish History