Torah in the Mouth: Writing and Oral Tradition in Palestinian Judaism 200 BCE-400 CE

Hardcover | March 15, 2001

byMartin S. Jaffee

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The classical Rabbinic tradition (legal, discursive, and exegetical) claims to be Oral Torah, transmitted by word of mouth in an unbroken chain deriving its authority ultimately from diving revelation to Moses at Sinai. Since the third century C.E., however, this tradition has been embodied inwritten texts. Through judicious deployment and analysis of the evidence, Martin Jaffee is able to show that the Rabbinic tradition, as we have it, developed through a mutual interpretation of oral and written modes.

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The classical Rabbinic tradition (legal, discursive, and exegetical) claims to be Oral Torah, transmitted by word of mouth in an unbroken chain deriving its authority ultimately from diving revelation to Moses at Sinai. Since the third century C.E., however, this tradition has been embodied inwritten texts. Through judicious deployment...

Martin S. Jaffee is at University of Washington.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:356 pages, 9.09 × 6.18 × 1.1 inPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195140672

ISBN - 13:9780195140675

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"The first word that comes to mind in reviewing Torah in the Mouth is elegant. It distills over twenty years of Martin S. Jaffee's innovative research into a single, readable whole, a modest 159 pages for the core text. All scholars or Rabbinic studies will want, and probably need, to readthis book; so will many students of Second Temple Jerusalem The insights of this book will probably interest New Testament scholars too, as well as those concerned with literacy and orality in cultures of discipleship, especially in late antiquity."- The Journal of the American Academy ofReligion