Item description for Invitation to the Talmud: A Teaching Book by Jacob Neusner...
This book invites the reader to try to get in the Talmud. Nowadays, people are scarcely able to try. They do not know how to begin or where--or why. Getting into the Talmud is no easy matter, even for those Jews who are ardent to recover for themselves what their ancestors once knew. This invitation is to join a community of learning men and women, for Talmudic learning is collective. You do not "read" the Talmud, you "learn" it, preferably with a haver, or a fellow student, and always with a rabbi. Here, Neusner shall be your rabbi.
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.86" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1592441556 ISBN13 9781592441556
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More About Jacob Neusner
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He has published more than nine hundred books and innumerable articles, and he is editor of "The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period" and the three-volume "Encyclopaedia of Judaism." In addition to his Rabbinic Midrash, he has translated the Mishnah, Tosefta, and both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud into English.
Jacob Neusner currently resides in Annandale-On-Hudson. Jacob Neusner was born in 1932 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Bard College Bard College, New York, USA Bard College, New York, USA B.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Invitation to the Talmud: A Teaching Book?
No significant new revelations, but certainly unique Apr 23, 2009
In this book, Neusner takes a single chapter of the talmud (5th chapter of brachot), and analyzes the text in the Mishnah, Tosefta, Babylonian Talmud, and Palestinian Talmud. For each of them he translates the text into English, and goes through it critically in his standard outline form. Essentially you get to be an armchair quarterback as he goes through the text and see how he derives insight into it.
I have only limited experience studying Talmud, and have read a few other English language books on the subject. I didn't find anything in this book to be earth shattering, but it certainly was useful to see how a great academic mind like Neusner's handles differences between the four texts treatment of the same subject. Many of his insights and revelations are universally applicable and have provided me with greater insight and understanding to other areas of the Talmud.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the only book that accomplishes its goals in this fashion. Many other books on the Talmud discuss it in general fashion, and provide the same information, but do not show how it is applied. There are also some Talmudic translations which lack Neusner's critical analysis and insight. I would certainly not make it a "must read" for a person getting into Talmud study, but it was interesting.