Item description for The Mishnah: Religious Perspectives (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik) by Jacob Neusner...
Understanding the religious perspectives of the Mishnah starts with asking three questions. First, what is the relationship of the Mishnah to Scripture, or "oral torah" to "written torah", for understanding the religion of Judaism? Secondly, what is the relationship between religious ideas and the world in which those ideas emerged? Thirdly, what is the formal religious significance of the language of the Mishnah? These questions are posed with regard to a Judaism that existed from just prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD until around 200 AD and assumes as well the groundwork of Jacob Neusner's earlier volume, "The Mishnah: Social Perspectives". In the present volume, Neusner condenses years of research on these questions and offers an analysis. He looks closely at how the Halakhah of the Mishnah relates to the events prior to the Mishnah's writing (for example, the destruction of the Temple, ca 70 AD, and the Bar Kokhba War, ca 135 AD), through the reconstruction following Bar Kokhba until the close of the Mishnah (ca 200 AD). The volume also includes a sociolinguistic explication of the rhetorical forms of the Mishnah in the light of the social context of that time. The religious perspectives of the Mishnah do not simply record the rules and regulations of bygone times; rather, they mirror the way of life and the social and religious history of Judaism.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.3" Height: 1" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1999
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004114920 ISBN13 9789004114920
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More About Jacob Neusner
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