Originally published in the Society for Old Testament Study Booklist, 1985. Jacobs L.: The Talmudic Argument: A Study in Talmudic Reasoning and Methodology. 1984. Pp. xvi, 220. (Cambridge University Press. Price: £25.00. ISBN 0 521 26370 0) The author brings together several earlier studies of the structure of talmudic argument, demonstrating the intellectual system, universe of discourse, and relationship of rabbinic to biblical law, by ... Continue Reading ➨
The Talmudic Argument
This book, the only one in English that can serve as a textbook for beginners and more advanced students of the Babylonian Talmud, examines in detail a number of typical lengthy passages with a view to showing how Talmudic reasoning operates and how the Talmud was compiled by its final editors. The book serves as an introduction to the nature of this fascinating work on which the Jewish mind has been intellectually stimulated and nourished for over 1500 years. Original insights into the Talmudic debates are provided for the consideration of Talmudic experts but the work is intended chiefly as a guide to students who wish to obtain a more than superficial idea of what the Talmud really is about.
Originally published in Selly Oak Colleges Journal, 1988. The Talmudic Argument: a study in Talmudic reasoning and methodology, by Louis Jacobs. Cambridge University Press. 1964, pp. xvi, 220, £25. The most influential religious work amongst Jews since the Bible has been the Babylonian Talmud. Completed c. 500 C.E it records the deliberations of the rabbis of the preceding few centuries on almost every conceivable topic, end quickly became ... Continue Reading ➨
The Talmudic Argument. A Study in Talmudic Reasoning and Methodology. By Louis Jacobs. Pp. xvi + 220. Cambridge University Press, 1984. £25.00. Louis Jacobs here provides an immensely rewarding exposition of nineteen Talmudic sugyot, combining the traditional yeshiva emphasis on the content and flow of the argument with a concern for the basic literary-historical questions of the editing of the Talmud. The author has made notable contributions ... Continue Reading ➨