Wisdom, Politics, and Historiography: Tractate Avot in the Context of the Graeco-Roman Near East

Hardcover | April 7, 2005

byAmram Tropper

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In third-century CE Palestine, the leading member of the rabbinic movement put together a highly popular wisdom treatise entitled Tractate Avot. Though Avot has inspired hundreds of commentaries, this book marks the first comprehensive effort to situate Avot within the context of theGraeco-Roman Near East. Following his novel interpretation of Avot, Amram Tropper relates the text to ancient Jewish literary paradigms as well as to relevant socio-political, literary, and intellectual streams of the contemporary Near East. Through comparisons to ancient wisdom literature, theSecond Sophistic, Greek and Christian historiography, contemporary collections of sayings, and classical Roman jurisprudence, Tropper interprets Avot in light of the local Jewish context as well as the ambient cultural atmosphere of the contemporary Near East.

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In third-century CE Palestine, the leading member of the rabbinic movement put together a highly popular wisdom treatise entitled Tractate Avot. Though Avot has inspired hundreds of commentaries, this book marks the first comprehensive effort to situate Avot within the context of theGraeco-Roman Near East. Following his novel interpre...

Amram Tropper is a Mandel Scholar at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a lecturer in the university's department of Jewish History

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.88 inPublished:April 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019926712X

ISBN - 13:9780199267125

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Structure of Avot2. Avot, Wisdom, and Artistic Prose3. The Date and the Editor of Avot4. The Cultural Horizons of the Patriarchate in the Early Third Century5. Avot and the Second Sophistic6. The Graeco-Roman Literary Context for Avot7. Avot in the lgiht of Classical Roman Jursiprudence8. Avot's Chain of Transmission and Early Christian ParallelsConclusion