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The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud: Studies in the Achievements of Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Historical and Literary-Critical Research

The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud: Studies in the Achievements of Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Historical and Literary-Critical Research

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2003

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In this collection of essays, Jacob Neusner and other scholars of Judaic studies explore how and when the Babylonian Talmud took shape. Neusner and his colleagues use a source-critical approach to their inquiry by describing the ideas of historians who have completed the most research on the formation of the Babylonian Talmud, thereby summarizing the knowledge on which they base their study. They then similarly analyze the ideas of literary critics who have done research on the Babylonian Talmud. Finally, Neusner and the other contributors compare the existing research with their own findings.

Author Bio

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).