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Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages [Hardcover]

By Abraham Cohen (Author)
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Outline ReviewThe Talmud is among the great books of wisdom--like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita--whose citation gives a speaker instant credibility. Also like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita, the Talmud is a powerful source of allusion in large part even though so few people have really read it. People don't read the Talmud because they think it's inaccessible--the sprawling collection of rabbinic writings is added to in each generation, and its significance is nothing less than the summary of Judaism. The best guide to the Talmud's labyrinthine form is Abraham Cohen's Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages--a monumental work of scholarly summary that describes all the basic doctrines of Judaism. Everyman's Talmud includes concise chapters on everything from sin to superstitions to a Jew's duty to animals. You probably won't be able to read it straight through--doctrine, even elegantly distilled, is hard to take in big doses--but you'll be led back to it again and again, by questions that arise in daily life, at dinner parties, and from the pages of the daily newspaper. --Michael Joseph Gross

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"To some readers of this book, the Talmud represents little more than a famous Jewish book. But people want to know about a book that, they are told, defines Judaism. Everyman's Talmud is the right place to begin not only to learn about Judaism in general but to meet the substance of the Talmud in particular. . . . In time to come, Cohen's book will find its companion-though I do not anticipate it will ever require a successor for what it accomplishes with elegance and intelligence: a systematic theology of the Talmud's Judaism."
--From the Foreword by Jacob Neusner

Long regarded as the classic introduction to the teachings of the Talmud, this comprehensive and masterly distillation summarizes the wisdom of the rabbinic sages on the dominant themes of Judaism: the doctrine of God; God and the universe; the soul and its destiny; prophesy and revelation; physical life; moral life and social living; law, ethics, and jurisprudence; legends and folk traditions; the Messiah and the world to come.

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Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.51" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 8, 2007
ISBN  9562913953  
ISBN13  9789562913959  

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ABRAHAM COHEN (1887-1957) was the author of Everyman's Talmud editor of the Soncino Books of the Bible and participated in the Soncino translation of the Talmud and Midrash.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages?

Very interesting... but difficult to read  Jun 19, 2008
The content is great, but be aware that the typography is abysmal and is difficult to read.
Insightful, fun and revealing!  Jun 9, 2008
I found this book to be a wonderful resource for insight into Biblical thinking.I have found the insights of the talmud to bring clarity and understanding to my Christian vocation and my relationship with Christ. Very worthwhile read!
meet the rabbis  Jan 7, 2008
really worth reading, this is one fine introduction into the literture of the thoughts of the rabbi,or the teacher in the time of JESUS.
An enlightening book for all religious faiths  Dec 27, 2007
This book will provide you with a great deal of insight into the scriptures. Since Christianity has its roots in Judaism, this book is valuable in increasing your knowledge to God's written word. The text size could be a little bigger than it was for easier reading.
Everyman's Talmud for Everyman (or Woman)  Apr 10, 2007
As the subtitle of the book (Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages) suggests, Abraham Cohen sets out to introduce his readership to the worldview of classic rabbinic literature. The topics covered by the book are nearly as varied as the topics covered by the Talmud itself - covering everything from ruminations about God, including God's attributes and God's place in the universe. The bulk of the book, however, is not directly about God nor theology as such, though the remainder draws heavily upon the conclusions from the secitons focused on these subjects. The doctrine of man, revelation, domestic life, social life, morality, the physical life, folk-lore, jurisprudence, and the hereafter all receive significant attention by Cohen as he devotes entire sections to each. Although the book is primarily about the ideas contained in rabbinic literature, an introduction to the literary structure of the works of the rabbis, specifically the Mishnah, the Gemara, and the Midrash is also included.

Cohen organizes rabbinic thought in a way that the rabbis themselves never did. Not until later Jewish philosophies and theologies does one receive the sort of systematic presentation that is delivered here. That said, though his book is structurally dissimilar from rabbinic literature, it does strive to accurately present the content of rabbinic literature. Cohen himself acknowledges this, however it should not be viewed as a weakness. Cohen's attempt to systematize rabbinic thought, while foreign to the rabbis themselves, is of great aid to the modern reader, so long as they understand that only the content is being conveyed and not the style of rabbinic literature.

Cohen's ultimate strength is his own knowledge of the enormous breadth of rabbinic literature as well as of the ancient world. He is easily able to draw on sources from a wide array of places. The Mishnah, both Talmuds, and many other texts are all portrayed and covered in his work, helping to provide as broad an overview as possible for the reader. Citations are given in the body of the text so that the motivated reader can easily reference the original material if so inclined. Another strength, not to be underestimated, is the readability of the book. The language and ideas are easily accessible. This is not to say that the writing is not scholarly. It is. However, one will be left to ponder ideas rather than complex jargon or sentence structure.

One final point: Abraham Cohen authored this work is in 1949. His scholarship and erudition were widely acknowledged. He edited the Soncino Bible and participated in the Soncino translation of the Talmud and Midrash, still in wide use today. Cohen was certainly familiar with the material and that is evident in his writings and his other scholarly achievements. However, his scholarship can sometimes be dated. While not always relevant, he does make several claims regarding the historical compisition of rabbinic material which is now in dispute. For example, Professor Jacob Neusner, a contemporary scholar, makes note of some of these issues in his foreword to the book. The reader is advised to take note of Jacob Neusner's observations and to understand that Abraham Cohen may not always accurately reflect the historical framework of the rabbis. This should not be overstated, however. The book is primarily an introduction to the rabbinic worldview, and as such it serves its function admirably.

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