The Four Stages of Rabbinic Judaism

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Psychology Press, 1999 - History - 226 pages
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This concise volume provides a lucid introduction to the genesis and development of Rabbinic Judaism.
Jacob Neusner outlines and examines the four stages in which the initial period of the historical development of Rabbinic Judaism divides, beginning with the Pentateuch and ending with its definitive and normative statement in the Talmud of Babylonia. He traces the development of Rabbinic Judaism by exploring the relationships between and among the cognate writings which embody its formative history.
 

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Contents

THE PENTATEUCHAL STAGE
1
FROM SCRIPTURE TO THE MISHNAH
28
THE MISHNAH ON ITS OWN The initial statement
79
THE MISHNAH IN PENTATEUCHAL CONTEXT Continuity and change
120
THE TALMUDS The conclusive statement
157
THE TALMUDS IN PENTATEUCHAL CONTEXT Israel in history
185
NOTES
210
BIBLIOGRAPHY
214
INDEX
224
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Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida and Professor of Religion at Bard College, New York. He is the author of numerous publications, the most recent being The Intellectual Foundations of Christian and Jewish Discourse.

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