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Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

B. Barry Levy

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Many scholars and learned readers believe that rabbinic Judaism assumes a dogmatic commitment to the notion that the Bible text, particularly the Torah text, is letter perfect; orthodox Jews often ... More


The Epistle of Sherira Gaon

ROBERT BRODY

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/9780197264744.003.0015
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter comments on the epistle of Sherira Gaon, which is considered an extraordinary instance of the genre of Geonic responsa written in 986 or 987. Sherira's Epistle is exceptional both in ... More


Ibn Zimra's Responsum A: The Zohar, the Talmud, and Fixing the Torah Text

B. Barry Levy

in Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter and Chapters 3–5 explore the principles that underlie medieval rankings of various types of halakhic evidence for deciding on a number of questionable spellings of the Torah text, ... More


Ibn Zimra's Responsum B: The Masorah and Fixing the Torah Text

B. Barry Levy

in Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter and Chapters 2 and 4–5 explore the principles that underlie medieval rankings of various types of halakhic evidence for deciding on a number of questionable spellings of the Torah text, ... More


Ibn Zimra's Responsum C: The Talmud, the Torah Scrolls, and Fixing the Torah Text

B. Barry Levy

in Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter, and Chapters 2–3 and 5 explore the principles that underlie medieval rankings of various types of halakhic evidence for deciding on a number of questionable spellings of the Torah text, ... More


Ibn Zimra's Responsum D: Logic and Vocalizing the Torah Text

B. Barry Levy

in Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter and Chapters 2–4 explore the principles that underlie medieval rankings of various types of halakhic evidence for deciding on a number of questionable spellings of the Torah text, ... More


The Literary Background of Ibn Zimra's Responsa: Rabbi Solomon Ben Adret and the Medieval Sefardi Halakhic Literature

B. Barry Levy

in Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter builds on the previous four, which analysed the closely related group of four responsa (responses to questions) about the accuracy of the Torah text and closely related matters, by Rabbi ... More


Ibn Zimra, Ben Adret, Ibn Adoniyah, the Masorah, and Fixing the Torah Text in the Sixteenth Century

B. Barry Levy

in Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter builds on the previous five, four of which (Chapters 2–5) analysed the closely related group of four responsa (responses to questions) about the accuracy of the Torah text and closely ... More


Reading Execution: A Century of Scholarship on the Ancient Jewish Death Penalty

Beth A. Berkowitz

in Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195179194
eISBN:
9780199784509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195179196.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the history of scholarship on the ancient Jewish death penalty, focusing in particular on the last century of scholarship in the United States and Israel. It includes within its ... More


Rashi

Avraham Grossman

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113898
eISBN:
9781800340213
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113898.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

To this day, the commentaries on the Bible and Talmud written by the eleventh-century scholar known as Rashi remain unsurpassed. His influence on Jewish thinking was, and still is, significant. His ... More


The Search for Religious Authenticity and the Case of Passover Peanut Oil

Zev Eleff

in Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781479899333
eISBN:
9781479893133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479899333.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter uses the rise and fall of a popular Passover cooking ingredient to explore the role of competing European folkways to determine the religious course of American Orthodox Judaism. In the ... More


Sa’adyah, the Man of Halakhah

Robert Brody

in Sa'adyah Gaon

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113881
eISBN:
9781800340046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113881.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the variety of genres and structures that Sa'adyah Gaon employed, including their talmudic and halakhic contents. It reveals how Sa'adyah incorporated halakhic and aggadic ... More


Introduction

Marc Saperstein

in Leadership and Conflict: Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764494
eISBN:
9781800341081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This introductory chapter provides a brief look into rabbinic leadership and its relationship to the broader population. Throughout the centuries of diaspora history, rabbinic leadership in the ... More


Rabbis, Martyrs, and Merchants: Jewish Communal Conflict as Reflected in the Responsa on the Boycott of Ancona

Marc Saperstein

in Leadership and Conflict: Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764494
eISBN:
9781800341081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter reviews the rabbinic responsa regarding the Boycott of Ancona. It was written by Ottoman rabbis addressing dramatic issues of international significance that affected both the morale and ... More


The Land of Israel in Pre-Modern Jewish Thought: A History of Two Rabbinic Statements

Marc Saperstein

in Leadership and Conflict: Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764494
eISBN:
9781800341081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyses the history of interpretation of two well-known talmudic statements about the diaspora. The first has practical, legal, and financial consequences, pertaining to the right of a ... More


Judah Loew: Writings and Sources

Byron L. Sherwin

in Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100516
eISBN:
9781800340886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the nature and the scope of Judah Loew's literary work. Rabbi Loew's first published work was the Gur Aryeh (The Lion's Whelp, 1578), a supercommentary on Solomon ben Isaac's ... More


Hasidic Prayer in the Responsa

Louis Jacobs

in Hasidic Prayer

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100240
eISBN:
9781800340312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100240.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines some rabbinic responsa relating to Hasidic prayer. Alongside R. Ezekiel Landau, multiple prominent rabbis who were either opposed or neutral to the growing Hasidic movement in ... More


Rulings, Responsa, Liturgical Poems, and Commentaries on Liturgical Poems

Avraham Grossman

in Rashi

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113898
eISBN:
9781800340213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113898.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on rulings, responsa, liturgical poems, and commentaries on liturgical poems. Books of halakhic rulings were not an accepted literary genre in eleventh-century Germany and ... More


Responsa

Shira Weiss

in Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190684426
eISBN:
9780190684457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190684426.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Free choice figures prominently, in fact decisively, in Albo’s only surviving halakhic responsum. His responsum, concerning the permissibility of allowing a qatlanit, a woman whose previous two ... More


Introduction Who Is a Jew? What Is a Jew?: Jewish Identity, Jewish Status, and the Challenge of Conversion

in Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policymaking in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodox Responsa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804778053
eISBN:
9780804781039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804778053.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book examines the debate surrounding the definition of a Jew, Jewish status, and the nature of the Jewish community, focusing on the modern period of Jewish history as well as nineteenth- and ... More


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