Item description for Judaism's Story of Creation: Scripture, Halakhah, Aggadah (Brill Reference Library of Judaism) by Jacob Neusner...
The Rabbinic sages of the formative age of Judaism, the first seven centuries C.E., thought deeply about beginnings in light of endings. They imposed upon their sequential reading of each passage the accumulated results of their reflection about all passages. The sages discerned out of detail what they deemed to form Scripture's main lines of structure and order. They encompassed Scripture, so as to describe the world as God had intended it to be. So their statement of matters conveyed Israel's beginning, middle, and the end in a single tableau. This act of intellect consisted in uniting into a single continuous statement resting on Scripture's historical narrative the documentary results of two distinct, ahistorical media of thought and expression, the two massive bodies of information, Halakhah, law, and Aggadah, lore. The Halakhah concerned itself with action and alw, analyzing rules to show their harmony. The Aggadah occupied itself with attitude, synthesizing values to show their ubiquity. The author provides three systematic accounts of the Halakhic reading of the Creation-story, and two Aggadic accounts of the same matter. The Halakhic accounts cover: work and rest; ownership and possession, Eden and the land; and ownership and possession in the household. The Aggadic accounts pertain to the six days of the Creation and Adam and Eve.
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Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida and Professor of Religion at Bard College. He has seven honorary degrees, fourteen academic medals and has published more than 800 books.
Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at The College of the Holy Cross. His has published widely and is editor of the journal The Annual of Rabbinic Judaism: Ancient, Medieval and Modern.
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.
Jacob Neusner has published or released items in the following series...
Christianity and Judaism, the Formative Categories