By Jacob Neusner

Anywhere Jews have settled and no matter what languages they spoke, they created a neighborhood with a unmarried set of universal values. One legislations, one theology outlined the group all through their many migrations. A unmarried ebook explains how this got here about—the Talmud. by means of re-framing the Torah via sustained argument and research, the Talmud encourages the reader to actively observe cause and perform good judgment.

Renowned student Jacob Neusner introduces readers to the Talmud, defining it, explaining its old context, and illustrating why it is still suitable this present day. Neusner's The Talmud: What it's and What It Says invitations readers to have interaction with the textual content, and emphasizes that the Talmud will remain an incredible cultural guidebook for Jewish existence in the course of the subsequent millennium.

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Finally, Qohelet’s advice to “seize the day” (9:7–10), paralleled in the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh and the Egyptian Song of the Harper, is also a popular theme in Greek tradition: “Remembering that the same end awaits all mortals, enjoy life as long as you live…. ” Similar advice is given in the Greek graffiti from the tomb of Jason in Jerusalem, dating from the time of Alexander Jannaeus (first century BCE). ”11 Fox (1989, p. e. ” The injustices that God allows to mar his creation render it for Qohelet contradictory and absurd, and this offends the inviolable criterion that anchors his entire intellectual existence, casting a pall over his life’s work.

As for the creation of the world, he adopts the Platonic notion that it was created “out of formless matter” (11:17), a view not inconsonant with that of the rabbis (Winston 1979, p. 38; 1971; 1986). In 7:22–4 the author describes Wisdom by a series of twenty-one epithets (such as intelligent, subtle, agile, unsullied, unhindered, steadfast), borrowed largely from Greek philosophy, especially that of the Stoa. Posidonius, for example, had defined God as “intelligent breath [pneuma noeron] pervading the whole of substance” (F100, Edelstein and Kidd 1972), and Stoics had defined the soul as a “subtle [leptomeres], self-moving body” (von Arnim 1903–24:2:780).

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