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Classical Rabbinic Literature  

Catherine Hezser

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
Classical rabbinic literature comprises all those ancient Jewish literary compilations which transmit the traditions of tannaitic (70–200 ce) and amoraic (third-to fifth-century ce) rabbis ... More

Ethical Theories in Jewish Mystical Writings  

Joseph Dan

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter explores the medieval genre of sifrut ha-musar (ethical literature), which has largely been ignored in the recent burgeoning of the field of Jewish ethics. This neglect is ... More

Ethical Theories in Rabbinic Literature  

Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter first sets out the difficulties in studying the sources for Jewish ethics in classical rabbinic literature. Not only do rabbinic texts lack the very notion of ethics, they also ... More

Jewish Interpretation of the Bible  

Jonathan Magonet

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
This article discusses Jewish interpretation of the Bible. It begins with a brief historical overview that will help establish the framework for the forms of Jewish interpretation that ... More

Judges  

Timothy K. Beal

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2009
Like the literature that precedes and follows in the Hebrew Bible, the book of Judges is clearly the product of a complicated literary history involving the early formation and deformation ... More

Wisdom Literature and Thought in the Dead Sea Scrolls  

Armin Lange

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
The wisdom texts from Qumran are almost all non-Essene in origin, and date mostly to the third and second centuries BCE. They provide new insights into how Jewish wisdom thought developed ... More

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