Item description for Theology of the Halakhah (Brill Reference Library of Judaism) by Jacob Neusner...
In this work Neusner argues that the law of normative Judaism, the Halakhah, viewed whole, with its category-formations read in logical sequence, tells a coherent story. He demonstrates that details of the law contribute to making a single statement, one that, moreover, complements and corresponds with that of the Aggadah, the lore and scriptural exegesis of Judaism. The theology that animates the Halakhah records the result of the Rabbinic sages systematic, generalizing, universalizing reading of the narratives, exhortations, and laws of Scripture. From their comprehensive definition of those results in the form of practical norms for the construction of holy Israel's social order, Neusner derives this account of the theological structure that sustains the Halakhic system. He furthermore correlates the category-formations of the Halakhah with those of the Aggadah, the lore and exegesis of Judaism, already set forth in his previous study, "The Theology of the Oral Torah" (1999). Thus he has now portrayed for the first time the way in which Aggadah and Halakhah, attitude and action, belief and behavior, join together to set forth normative Judaism, the vast system for holy Israel's social order of the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash of late antiquity.
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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.
Jacob Neusner has published or released items in the following series...
Christianity and Judaism, the Formative Categories
Handbuch der Orientalistik. Erste Abteilung, der Nahe Und Mi