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Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash [Paperback]

By Hermann L. Strack (Author), Gunter Stemberger (Author) & Jacob Neusner (Translator)
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Strack's classic introduction to Rabbinic literature has now been fully revised and updated by Gunter Stemberger, an established expert on Rabbinic history and literature. This work, the only comprehensive one-volume introduction to the subject, will be invaluable as textbook and reference guide for students and scholars of Jewish history and literature alike. H L Strack (1848-1922) was Profesor of Old Testament at the University of Berlin. He founded the Institutum Judaicum in Berlin. Every canonical text is represented, includes indices and appendices.

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Gunter Stemberger's revision of H. L. Strack's classic introduction to rabbinic literature, which appeared in its first English edition in 1991, was widely acclaimed. Gunter Stemberger and Markus Bockmuehl have now produced this updated edition, which is a significant revision (completed in 1996) of the 1991 volume. Following Strack's original outline, Stemberger discusses first the historical framework, the basic principles of rabbinic literature and hermeneutics and the most important Rabbis. The main part of the book is devoted to the Talmudic and Midrashic literature in the light of contemporary rabbinic research. The appendix includes a new section on electronic resources for the study of the Talmud and Midrash. The result is a comprehensive work of reference that no student of rabbinics can afford to be without.

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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1992
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800625242  
ISBN13  9780800625245  

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Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash  Mar 29, 2007
Good solid book, but assumes more familiarity with the material and history than would justify the title "Introduction".

It's a little difficult to follow at times if the reader is not already familiar with the subject and has the source documents at hand. It would also be helpful to have some understanding of the rabbis that contributed to the body of Talmud and Midrash.
Good Intro  Mar 20, 2007
This is a good introduction to the Talmud and Midrash. However, perhaps the authors should have published an "Introduction to the Introduction of the Talmud and Midrash." There is a lot of scholarly material here, but it is written from the viewpoint that the reader is already somewhat familiar with Rabbinic Literture. One may wish to familiarize himself/herself with such terms as Baraita, Tannaim and Amoraim before beginning this book. A great book for anyone wanting to study Rabbinic Literature.
A superb reference work  Dec 24, 2006
There are many books that claim to be an "introduction" to the Talmud. Most of them make that introduction without much context. Strack's volume will not teach you how to study Talmud and Midrash, but it will give you a good understanding of what they are and how they fit into the larger frame of Jewish tradition and literature.

For the intermediate and more advanced reader alike, the book is a well-indexed reference work for Talmud and Midrash study, including quick and simple definitions of terms, identifications of obscure titles, and superior (if occasionally outdated) bibliographies for each chapter. This is a work that should be in the library of every serious student of rabbinics.

Excellent work to introduce one to Rabbinical Literature  Dec 5, 2005
The book is compact, yet very informing. It is called an "introduction", yet it is perhaps a little bit more than an introduction. At the same time, I would recommend this work for beginner as well as those more familiar with the topic.

The book is very readable for the amount of compressed information and scholarship it includes. The many reprints make it up-to-date.
Simply the best work available on the subject  Jun 8, 1999
This is simply the best work available on the subject. Each section is based on a common plan: The text is briefly discussed; variant textual versions of texts are discussed; English translations are noted; and a detailed review is then given of the past hundred years of critical study on the document in question.

It has sections on Rabbinical Hermeneutics and the Oral and Written Tradition. It covers the Mishna, Tosefta, Palestinian Talmud, Babylonian Talmud and the extracanonical tractates. Best of all, it covers all the classical midrashim compilations (midrash). This includes all the halakhic, exegetical and homiletic midrashim.

However, note that this is not a book for beginners. For those who want an introduction to rabbinical literature, you should obtain "Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts", edited by Barry W. Holtz.


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