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Introduction. Preliminary Considerations

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198266990
eISBN:
9780191600593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198266995.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Opens with some preliminary considerations of what is called ‘aggadic exegesis’. This category encompasses that varieties of reinterpretation in the Hebrew Bible that deals with theological, ... More


Current Views on the Editing of the Rabbinic Texts of late Antiquity: Reflections on a Debate after Twenty Years

PETER SCHÄFER and CHAIM MILIKOWSKY

in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264744
eISBN:
9780191734663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0006
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter examines current views concerning the alleged editing of the rabbinic texts of late antiquity. It highlights the author's 1986 article concerning the editing of rabbinic texts and ... More


Introduction

Moshe Simon-Shoshan

in Stories of the Law: Narrative Discourse and the Construction of Authority in the Mishnah

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199773732
eISBN:
9780199933129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773732.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The introduction frames the basic problem of the study of the legal story in rabbinic literature, arguing that this genre complicates and undermines the distinction between halakhah and aggadah which ... More


Chapter Summaries

Matthew Lagrone

in Image of the Non-Jew in Judaism: A Historical and Constructive Study of the Noahide Laws

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764074
eISBN:
9781800340527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764074.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides summaries for each of the chapters in this book. The first chapter traces the origins of the Noahide laws, which were considered obligatory for all time, and would be the ... More


Aggadic Speculation

David Novak

in Image of the Non-Jew in Judaism: A Historical and Constructive Study of the Noahide Laws

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764074
eISBN:
9781800340527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764074.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses how the rabbis used the creative resources of theological inference to discover how the tradition charted universal moral law. This charting is particularly common when it ... More


Promotion of Kabbalistic Study, Books, and Customs

Sharon Flatto

in Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-century Prague: Ezekiel Landau and His Contemporaries

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113393
eISBN:
9781800342675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113393.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter traces the range of kabbalistic customs, books, and teachings that were promoted by Ezekiel Landau as a result of his kabbalistic orientation. It outlines Landau's view on the kabbalah ... More


Maimonides the Rationalist

Herbert A. Davidson

in Maimonides the Rationalist

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113584
eISBN:
9781800340077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113584.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores Maimonides' rationalism. It shows that Maimonides did not view human reason as all-powerful. Human reason, in his judgement, is capable of acquiring broad scientific knowledge ... More


Joseph G. Weiss: A Personal Appraisal

Jacob Katz

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines Joseph G. Weiss's methodological approach and the quality of his achievements. Anyone acquainted with Weiss's opus will have observed that most of his publications are ... More


The Barcelona Disputation, 1263

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the Barcelona Disputation of 1263. The new approach was to attempt to prove the truth of Christianity from the Jewish writings, including the Talmud. Various Aggadic passages, ... More


The Vikuaḥ of Naḥmanides: Translation and Commentary: The Disputation (Translated from the Vikuaḥ of Naḥmanides, edited bySteinschneider, 1860)

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides a translation of and commentary on the Vikuaḥ of Naḥmanides. It may be surprising, at first sight, that Naḥmanides argues against the theory that the Exilarchs and Nasi fulfil ... More


The Vikuaḥ of R. Yeḥiel of Paris: A Paraphrase: From Vikuaḥ Rabbenu Yeḥiel mi-Paris, Griinbaum, 1873

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the Vikuaḥ of Rabbi Yeḥiel of Paris, wherein he argued for the importance and authority of the Talmud. Rabbi Yeḥiel said he believes in all the laws contained in it, which were ... More


The Christian Account of the Tortosa Disputation

A. Pacios Lopez (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the Christian account of the Tortosa Disputation, which was contained in the voluminous minutes (protocols) kept by the papal notary at the sixty-nine sessions of the ... More


From Theory to History, Via Midrash: A Commentary on ‘Laws of the Foundations of the Torah’, 6: 9 and 7: 3

David Gillis

in Reading Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764067
eISBN:
9781800341043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764067.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter presents a commentary on ‘Laws of the Foundations of the Torah’, 6:9 and 7:3. Maimonides deploys aggadah to add extra layers of meaning in Mishneh torah. Where he makes intense use of ... More


Halakhah and Aggadah

Louis Jacobs

in Tree of Life: Diversity, Flexibility and Creativity in Jewish Law

Published in print:
1982
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100394
eISBN:
9781800340299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100394.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the halakhah — the legal side of Judaism — and its relationship with aggadah (the non-legal content of the Talmud). A superficial glance at the ... More


The Ingathering of Midrash Rabbah: A Moment of Creativity and Innovation

Benjamin Williams

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter addresses the Midrash Rabbah. When Midrash Rabbah was first printed in the sixteenth century, ten midrashim of diverse chronological and geographical provenance were gathered together ... More


Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his Attitude to the Aggadah

Jacob Elbaum

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter studies Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his attitude to the aggadah. The literary works of Rabbi Judah Loew, known as Maharal of Prague, include books which are defined as ‘expositions of ... More


Old Wine in New Flasks: The Reinvention of Jewish Traditions

in Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804770644
eISBN:
9780804777247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804770644.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter, which discusses the role of religious tradition and religious experience by examining different aspects of Hebrew literature and culture in early twentieth-century Europe, explores the ... More


Women and Torah Study in Aggadah

Dvora E. Weisberg

in Women and Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732182
eISBN:
9780814733110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732182.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter considers the relation of women and Torah as portrayed in nonlegal material in classical rabbinic texts (aggadah). It analyzes aggadic texts about women and Torah, and discusses ... More


The Lessons of Cultural Analysis

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall

in The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195373707
eISBN:
9780190226589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373707.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Comparative Law

Chapter 10 illustrates how the lessons of cultural analysis can be applied to inform and shape Jewish identity and to enhance the discussion concerning the survival of Judaism and the Jewish people. ... More


The Authority of the Babylonian Talmud and the Use of Biblical Verses and Aggadah in Early Ashkenaz

Haym Soloveitchik

in Collected Essays: v. 2

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113980
eISBN:
9781800341111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter dissent from the now widely held view — which has arisen over the past quarter of a century as a result of the writings of Grossman — that the scholars of Early Ashkenaz did not feel ... More


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