Midrash, Mishnah, and Gemara: The Jewish Predilection for Justified Law

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Harvard University Press, 1986 - Religion - 164 pages
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The initial impetus for writing this book was the desire to understand more fully and completely the contribution of the redactors of the Talmud, the Stammaim. It was this desire to appreciate the redactors' innovations along with the indebtedness to their predecessors that made me reexamine the nature of both Midrashic and Mishnaic forms, place them in their proper historical perspective, and relate them to the source of all Jewish knowledge, the Bible.

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1 The Biblical Period
2 The PostBiblical Period
3 The Mishnaic Period
4 The Amoraic Period
5 The Stammaitic Period
6 The Gemara as Successor of Midrash
7 The Legacy of the Stammaim
On the Lack of Uniformity in the Use of the Word Halakhoth
Index of Passages Cited
General Index

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About the author (1986)

David Weiss Halivni was born in the Carpathian Mountains of Sighet. At the age of 15 he was ordained and proceeded to teach the prisoners in concentration camps during the Nazi regime. Halivni was a faculty member at the Jewish Theological Seminary prior to joining Columbia University. He is also the former president of the American Academy for Jewish Research. Halivni has published The Book and the Sword: A Life of Learning in the Shadow of Destruction, and is also currently working on Sources and Traditions: A Source Critical Commentary to the Talmud. Among his awards are the Guggenheim and Louis Ginsberg Fellowships, and grants from the Council for Research in the Humanities and the Natuional Endowment for the Humanities. Halivni was also named the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization at Columbia University.

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