Item description for Reading the Rabbis: The Talmud as Literature by David Kraemer...
Traditionally, the Talmud was read as law, that is, as the authoritative source for Jewish practice and obligations. To this end, it was studied at the level of its most minute details, with readers often ignoring the composite whole and attending only to final decisions. Methods of reading have shifted as more readers and students have turned to the Talmud for evidence of rabbinic history, religion, rhetoric, or anthropology; still, few have employed a genuinely literary approach. In Reading the Rabbis, Kraemer attempts to fill this gap. He uses the tools developed in the study of other literatures, particularly rhetorical and reader-response criticisms, to unearth previously unnoticed levels of meaning. His book offers a new understanding of the complexity of Rabbinic Judaism, and a new model of rabbinic piety.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.66" Width: 5.73" Height: 0.68" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1996
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195096231 ISBN13 9780195096231
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More About David Kraemer
David Kraemer has an academic affiliation as follows - Jewish Theological Seminary of America The Jewish Theological Seminary.