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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Bruce Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, executive director of the Institute of Advanced Theology, and chaplain at Bard College. An ordained priest, he received his PhD from Cambridge University. He is an expert on the New Testament and early Judaism and the author of many scholarly articles and books. He lives in Annandale-on-Hudson.
Jacob Neusner is a research professor of religion and theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advance Theology at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He received his PhD in religion from Columbia University. The author and editor of hundreds of publications on religion and other topics, he is the only scholar to have served on both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, medals, prizes, and academic awards, and resides in Rhinebeck, New York.
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