Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume One: Introduction and the Hermeneutics of Berakhot and Seder Mo'ed

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Global Academic Publishing, Jan 1, 2000 - Religion - 647 pages
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A distinguished historian of religion once said, “The history of religions is the exegesis of exegesis.” In a profound sense, that judgment animates an entire field of learning. In this project in the history of religions, I undertake an inductive account, through systematic inquiry into data, of the hermeneutics of the principal documents of Rabbinic Judaism. I ask whether a theory of interpretation guides the sages in their exposition of the topics, the category-formations, of Rabbinic Judaism in the documents that expound those formations. As the title means to suggest, my answer is, a hermeneutics of comparison and contrast governs the selection of data and the interpretation thereof for the entire corpus of category-formations of the Halakhah. The rest of this project serves to spell out the meaning and effect of that sentence. Hence “comparative hermeneutics” here bears the primary meaning, “a hermeneutics of analogical-contrastive analysis.”
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
TRACTATE BERAKHOT
23
TRACTATE SHABBAT
99
Documentary Traits
181
by the MishnahToseftaYerushalmiBavli
187
Documentary Traits
236
TRACTATE PESAHIM
251
by the MishnahToseftaYerushalmiBavli
257
Documentary Traits
419
TRACTATE BES AH
431
Documentary Traits
449
TRACTATE ROSH HASHANAH
459
Documentary Traits
484
TRACTATE TAANTT
497
The Hermeneutics of Taanit
522
by the MishnahToseftaYerushalmiBavli
534

TRACTATE SHEQALIM
309
Documentary Traits
339
TRACTATE YOMA
347
by the MishnahToseftaYerushalmiBavli
355
The Hermeneutics of Yoma
400
TRACTATE SUKKAH
403
Documentary Traits
554
TRACTATE MOED QATAN
563
TRACTATE HAGIGAH
587
Documentary Traits
611
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About the author (2000)

Jacob Neiisner is a distinguished research professor of religious studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and professor of religion at Bard College.

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