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, 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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Jacob Neusner was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 28, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University in 1953. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received a master's degree in Hebrew letters in 1960. He also received a doctorate in religion from Columbia University. He taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida before joining the religion department at Bard College in 1994. He retired from there in 2014. He was a religious historian and one of the world's foremost scholars of Jewish rabbinical texts. He published more than 900 books during his lifetime including A Life of Yohanan ben Zakkai; The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism; Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah; Strangers at Home: The 'Holocaust,' Zionism, and American Judaism; Translating the Classics of Judaism: In Theory and in Practice; Why There Never Was a 'Talmud of Caesarea': Saul Lieberman's Mistakes; and Judaism: An Introduction. He wrote The Bible and Us: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together with Andrew M. Greeley and A Rabbi Talks with Jesus with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. He also edited and translated, with others, nearly the entirety of the Jewish rabbinical texts. He died on October 8, 2016 at the age of 84.

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