By Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

Departing from the traditional view of mishnaic transmission as senseless rote memorisation, Transmitting Mishnah unearths how multifaceted the method of passing on oral culture was once in antiquity. benefiting from the burgeoning box of orality stories, Elizabeth Shanks Alexander has constructed a version of transmission that's either energetic and optimistic. continuing via in depth readings of passages from tractate Shevuot and its Talmudic commentaries, Alexander indicators us to the truth that transmitters and handlers of mishnaic textual content crafted either the vagaries of expression and its got meanings. She illustrates how the authority of the Mishnah grew because the results of the sustained recognition of a loyal neighborhood of readers and scholars. She additionally identifies the examine practices and behavior of research that have been cultivated by means of oral functionality and exhibits how they have been handed on in tandem with the verbal contents of the Mishnah, thereby influencing how the textual content used to be got and understood.

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Cohen (Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies, 2000). D. dissertation, whose research forms the basis for this book. Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, “Study Practices That Made the Mishnah: Evolution of a Tradition of Exegesis” (Yale University, 1999), 35–36, 37–38, 88–98. 75 The major contribution of the post-amoraic generations of sages (c. ” The determination of the beginning and end of the sugya is admittedly a subjective enterprise,77 but nonetheless it is useful in demarcating units of talmudic discussion.

For him, each variant testifies to a discrete document edited according to a different teaching style and halakhic perspective in a different school by a different sage. ) Thus, while “our Mishnah” did not achieve the stability of a widely accepted text in antiquity, apparently the Mishnah collections in each individual school did function as fixed, stable, and authoritative texts in their own circles. Shamma Friedman offers a similar analysis and critique of Epstein. ” Shamma Friedman, “Uncovering Literary Dependencies in the Talmudic Corpus,” in The Synoptic Problem in Rabbinic Literature, ed.

5 comes to provide a legal mechanism for righting the unconscious or forgotten sin against God. See Jacob Milgrom, Leviticus 1–16: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, The Anchor Bible (New York: Doubleday, 1991), 339–64. In order to lend topical, as well as textual, unity to this book, I will treat only those chapters that discuss oaths, that is, Chapters 3–8. 31 Introduction tractate Shevuot is organized topically. Each of the chapters is devoted to discussing a particular kind of oath, defining it, and exploring issues related to its implementation.

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