The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture, 100 C.E. -350 C.E.: Texts on Education and Their Late…

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byMarc Hirshman

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Drawing on the great progress in Talmudic scholarship over the last century, The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture is both an introduction to a close reading of rabbinic literature and a demonstration of the development of rabbinic thought on education in the first centuries of the Common Era.In Roman Palestine and Sasanid Persia, a small group of approximately two thousand Jewish scholars and rabbis sustained a thriving national and educational culture. They procured loyalty to the national language and oversaw the retention of a national identity. This accomplishment was unique in theRoman Near East, and few physical artifacts remain. The scope of oral teaching, however, was vast and was committed to writing only in the high Middle Ages. The content of this oral tradition remains the staple of Jewish learning through modern times. Though oral learning was common in many ancient cultures, the Jewish approach has a different theoretical basis and different aims. Marc Hirshman explores the evolution and institutionalization of Jewish culture in both Babylonian and Palestinian sources. At its core, he argues, the Jewish culturalthrust in the first centuries of the Common Era was a sustained effort to preserve the language of its culture in its most pristine form. Hirshman traces and outlines the ideals and practices of rabbinic learning as presented in the relatively few extensive discussions of the subject in late antiquerabbinic sources. The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture is a pioneering attempt to characterize the unique approach to learning developed by the rabbinic leadership in late antiquity.

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Drawing on the great progress in Talmudic scholarship over the last century, The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture is both an introduction to a close reading of rabbinic literature and a demonstration of the development of rabbinic thought on education in the first centuries of the Common Era.In Roman Palestine and Sasanid Persia, a sm...

Marc Hirshman holds the Mandel Chair for Jewish Education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is academic chair of the Melton Center for Jewish Education. He is also the academic head of the Center for the Study of the Land of Israel at the Yitzchak Ben Zvi Institute.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Contours of Rabbinic Study: An Introduction2. Learning, Speech and Thought in Late Antiquity3. Sifre Deuteronomy: The Precariousness of Oral Torah4. A Talmudic Primer on Education (Eruvin 53a-55a)5. Cultures in Conflict (Avoda Zara 18b-19b)6. Education and Accountability: (Bava Batra 20b-22a )7. Teaching with Authority: A Comparative View8. The Stabilization of Rabbinic CultureAppendix I: A Survey of Secondary Literature on Education and Literacy in Rabbinic LiteratureAppendix II: Portaits of Jewish Sages Engaged in StudyNotesBibliographyIndex