Originally published in The Jerusalem Post Magazine, 29 April 1983, p. 13. Teyku: A Study in the Literary Analysis and Form of the Talmudic Argument by Louis Jacobs. A Leo Baeck College Publication. London, New York, Cornwall Books, 312 pp. ... Continue Reading ➨
Teyku: The Unsolved Problem in the Babylonian Talmud
Every student of the Babylonian Talmud is aware that a significant element in this major work of Judaic exegesis s the purely academic problem known as the ba'ya. The problem is always one of definition; two possible definitions are presented and they are so equally balanced that there is no logical reason for preferring one over the other. Teyku is an abbreviated form of teykum ("let it stand") - the problem remains unsolved and stands for ever in a state of insolubility. In this book, Louis Jacobs examines in depth this phenomenon of the unsolved problem in the Babylonian Talmud.
Originally published in The Jewish Quarterly Review, 75:1 (July 1984), pp. 93-5. Louis Jacobs, Teyku: The Unresolved Problem in the Babylonian Talmud: A Study in the Literary Analysis and Form of the Talmudic Argument (Leo Baeck College ... Continue Reading ➨