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By Jack N. Lightstone, Vernon K. Robbins

The place do the origins of the rabbinic circulate lie, and the way could proof from the early rabbinic literature be made to bare these origins? with a purpose to make clear the early social formation of the rabbinic guild of masters, Lightstone brings the theoretical and methodological insights of socio-rhetorical research to check Mishnah, the 1st rfile authored via the early rabbinic flow and its primary item of research for numerous centuries. He argues that the enshrinement of Mishnah served to version, through its pervasive rhetoric, the valuable authoritative guild services that certified and marked one as a member of the rabbinic guild. moreover, he establishes the social and old venue in past due moment- and early third-century Galilee. the writer concludes that the social formation of the early rabbinic guild coalesced round the establishment of the Jewish Patriarchy, for which the early rabbis served as bureaucratic-scribal retainers. He extra means that the improvement of either the Patriarchy within the Land of Israel and the social formation of the rabbinic guild can have been spurred through the imposition of Roman-style urbanization within the zone over the process the latter half the second one and starting of the 3rd century. Lightstone’s procedure is proficient by way of the insights and strategies of a number of cognate disciplines, encompassing literary research, sociology and anthropology, and historical past (including, within the final bankruptcy, the background of fabric culture). The ebook should be of curiosity to complicated scholars within the heritage of Judaism, rabbinic literature, bible study, early Christianity, and the background of faith and tradition within the past due Roman close to East.

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200CE). As situationally appropriate as faithful preservation, transmission, and subsequent compilation of earlier legal rulings may be for early Rabbinism- and again I do not believe that this accurately describes either what Mishnah is or how it came to be- such a process in and of itself is hardly grounds for speaking of Mishnah's rhetorical character. Introduction 23 pilation of, antecedent, authoritative legal traditions. Mishnah evinces a rhetoric of its own in two important ways, literary and social.

For that reason they provide a basis for subsequent study, refinement, supplementation, and discussion undertaken by others and by me. The second major part of this volume, chapters 3 and 4, undertakes to compare the rhetorical features of the Mishnah passages identified in chapter 2's analysis of m. Gittin 1:1-2:2 and the rhetorical characteristics of passages of other principally rabbinic texts, similarly analyzed. Chapter 3 compares the rhetorical features of Mishnah and the Tosefta (meaning "The Supplement"), a document written as early as 50 years after the promulgation of the Mishnah.

Them from a Mediterranean of the ways [only] 3) ‫ ׳‬r d sg. [of of v C. It once happened (‫)מעשה ש‬ they (3rd pl. ) in (lit to) a writ [of divorce] of a woman, D. ) 43 Mishnaic Rhetoric CC LA OF HH1 M HH2 HH3 OC were Samaritan witnesses. E. and he declared [it] fit (comp, unfit). F. Any ( 3 + bonds ‫ ה‬r d . pl. ) issuing from [court] bureaus of the gentiles- G. even though (‫)אף על פי ש‬ their signatories are gentilesH. are fit, I. except for writs [of divorce] of women and manumission papers of slaves.

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