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This critical study traces the development of the literary forms and conventions of the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, analyzing those forms as expressions of emergent rabbinic ideology. The Bavli, which evolved between the third and sixth centuries in Sasanian Iran (Babylonia), is the most comprehensive of all documents produced by rabbinic Jews in late antiquity. It became the authoritative legal source for medieval Judaism, and for some its opinions remain definitive today. Kraemer here examines the characteristic preference for argumentation and process over settled conclusions of the Bavli. By tracing the evolution of the argumentational style, he describes the distinct eras in the development of rabbinic Judaism in Babylonia. He then analyzes the meaning of the disputational form and concludes that the talmudic form implies the inaccessibility of perfect truth and that on account of this opinion, the pursuit of truth, in the characteristic talmudic concern for rabbinic
process, becomes the ultimate act of rabbinic piety.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195062908
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 226 mm
  • No of Pages: 240
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 490 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0195062906
  • Publisher Date: 06 Dec 1990
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 21 mm
  • Width: 150 mm


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