Item description for The Mind of the Talmud: An Intellectual History of the Bavli by David Charles Kraemer...
This critical study traces the development of the literary forms and conventions of the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, analyzing those forms as expressions of emergent rabbinic ideology. The Bavli, which evolved between the third and sixth centuries in Sasanian Iran (Babylonia), is the most comprehensive of all documents produced by rabbinic Jews in late antiquity. It became the authoritative legal source for medieval Judaism, and for some its opinions remain definitive today. Kraemer here examines the characteristic preference for argumentation and process over settled conclusions of the Bavli. By tracing the evolution of the argumentational style, he describes the distinct eras in the development of rabbinic Judaism in Babylonia. He then analyzes the meaning of the disputational form and concludes that the talmudic form implies the inaccessibility of perfect truth and that on account of this opinion, the pursuit of truth, in the characteristic talmudic concern for rabbinic process, becomes the ultimate act of rabbinic piety.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.84" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Dec 6, 1990
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195062906 ISBN13 9780195062908
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More About David Charles Kraemer
Kraemer is Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City.