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Judaism in Society: The Evidence of the Yerushalmi: Toward the Natural History of a Religion

Judaism in Society: The Evidence of the Yerushalmi: Toward the Natural History of a Religion

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2003

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By studying the texts which form the foundation of Judaism, such as the Yerushalmi (the Jerusalem Talmud), Jacob Neusner attempts to determine how one moves from a text to its larger contexts and how one reconstructs a social world from a single document. He describes the setting of early rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity and gives an overview of the formulation of early Jewish texts. His ultimate quest is for certainty, authority, and salvation in the realm of Judaism.

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.).