This volume contains the proceedings of the conference entitled "Halakhah in Light of Epigraphy" held on 29 May, 2008 under the auspices of the David and Jemima Jeselsohn Center for Epigraphy at Bar-Ilan University.
Author: Albert I. Baumgarten
Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company
This volume contains the proceedings of the conference entitled "Halakhah in Light of Epigraphy" held on 29 May, 2008 under the auspices of the David and Jemima Jeselsohn Center for Epigraphy at Bar-Ilan University. Epigraphic finds, here interpreted broadly to include papyri, scrolls, and the like, have immeasurably enriched our knowledge of the ancient Jewish past while at the same time posing a challenge to modern scholarship: how does one integrate old knowledge, based on previously known sources, with new information? We now recognize that Rabbinic texts are normative: they tell us how their authors believed life should be lived, rather than the details of ordinary, everyday, experience. What weight, then, should be given to traditional halakhic texts in evaluating the contents of newly discovered written remains? And what light can be shed by these new finds, especially those inscriptions and documents that record small moments of ancient Jewish life, upon the long-familiar normative texts? The conference on Halakhah in Light of Epigraphy was intended to generate discussion on these broad issues, as well as to provide a forum for exploration of specific matters of Halakhah reflected in the epigraphic sources. The papers in this volume tend to emphasize the centrality of Halakhah in ancient Judaism. The first section of the volume is devoted to Halakhah in the Dead Sea Scrolls, with contributions by Moshe Benovitz, Vered Noam, Eyal Regev, Lawrence Schiffman, and Aharon Shemesh. These papers examine diversity in halakhic positions, in terms of both exegesis and practice (e.g., festival rituals, dietary laws, and sexual relationships), exploring evidence of halakhic development over the course of the Second Temple period, and halakhic variety among different groups. The second section relates to quotidian documents, and contains Hanan Eshel's survey of the legal documents found in the refuge caves; Steven Fraade's examination of the parnas; Shamma Friedman's analysis of the Jewish bill of divorce; and David Goodblatt's discussion of dating formulae. The final section of the volume examines a variety of epigraphic sources, and includes the following articles: Yonatan Adler on tefillin; Chaim Ben David on synagogue inscriptions; Tal Ilan on burial practices; Ze'ev Safrai and Hannah Safrai on an early Christian text; and Guy Stiebel on food at Masada.
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Author: Christine Hayes
Publisher: Princeton University Press
In the thousand years before the rise of Islam, two radically diverse conceptions of what it means to say that a law is divine confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. What's Divine about Divine Law? untangles the classical and biblical roots of the Western idea of divine law and shows how early adherents to biblical tradition—Hellenistic Jewish writers such as Philo, the community at Qumran, Paul, and the talmudic rabbis—struggled to make sense of this conflicting legacy. Christine Hayes shows that for the ancient Greeks, divine law was divine by virtue of its inherent qualities of intrinsic rationality, truth, universality, and immutability, while for the biblical authors, divine law was divine because it was grounded in revelation with no presumption of rationality, conformity to truth, universality, or immutability. Hayes describes the collision of these opposing conceptions in the Hellenistic period, and details competing attempts to resolve the resulting cognitive dissonance. She shows how Second Temple and Hellenistic Jewish writers, from the author of 1 Enoch to Philo of Alexandria, were engaged in a common project of bridging the gulf between classical and biblical notions of divine law, while Paul, in his letters to the early Christian church, sought to widen it. Hayes then delves into the literature of classical rabbinic Judaism to reveal how the talmudic rabbis took a third and scandalous path, insisting on a construction of divine law intentionally at odds with the Greco-Roman and Pauline conceptions that would come to dominate the Christianized West. A stunning achievement in intellectual history, What's Divine about Divine Law? sheds critical light on an ancient debate that would shape foundational Western thought, and that continues to inform contemporary views about the nature and purpose of law and the nature and authority of Scripture.
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The best current research on Philo and Hellenistic Judaism The Studia Philonica Annual is a scholarly journal devoted to the study of Hellenistic Judaism, particularly the writings and thought of the Hellenistic-Jewish writer Philo of Alexandria (circa 15 BCE to circa 50 CE). Features: Articles on aspects of Hellenistic Judaism written by experts in the field Bibliography Book reviews
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the Parnas in Early Rabbinic Sources in Light of Extra-Rabbinic Evidence,” in Halakhah in Light of Epigraphy, ed. Albert I. Baumgarten, Hanan Eshel, Ranon ...
Author: Christine Hayes
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
This volume is a festschrift in honor of Steven Fraade, the Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism at Yale University. The contributions to the volume, written by colleagues and former students of Professor Fraade, reflect many of his scholarly interests. The scholarly credentials of the contributors are exceedingly high. The volume is divided into three sections, one on Second Temple literature and its afterlife, a second on rabbinic literature and rabbinic history, and a third on prayer and the ancient synagogue.Contributors are Alan Applebaum, Joshua Burns , Elizabeth Shanks Alexander , Chaya Halberstam , John J. Collins, Marc Bregman, Aharon Shemesh, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Vered Noam, Robert Brody, Albert Baumgarten, Marc Hirshman, Moshe Bar-Asher, Aaron Amit, Yose Yahalom, Lee Levine, Jan Joosten, Daniel Boyarin, Charlotte Hempel, David Stern, Beth Berkowitz, Azzan Yadin, Joshua Levinson, Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Tzvi Novick, Devora Diamant, Richard Kalmin, Carol Bakhos, Judith Hauptman, Jeff Rubenstein, Martha Himmelfarb, Stuart Miller, Esther Chazon, James Kugel, Chaim Milikowsky, Maren Niehoff, Peter Schaefer, and Adiel Schremer.
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Author: Paula Fredriksen
Publisher: Yale University Press
A groundbreaking new portrait of the apostle Paul, from one of today’s leading historians of antiquity Often seen as the author of timeless Christian theology, Paul himself heatedly maintained that he lived and worked in history’s closing hours. His letters propel his readers into two ancient worlds, one Jewish, one pagan. The first was incandescent with apocalyptic hopes, expecting God through his messiah to fulfill his ancient promises of redemption to Israel. The second teemed with ancient actors, not only human but also divine: angry superhuman forces, jealous demons, and hostile cosmic gods. Both worlds are Paul’s, and his convictions about the first shaped his actions in the second. Only by situating Paul within this charged social context of gods and humans, pagans and Jews, cities, synagogues, and competing Christ-following assemblies can we begin to understand his mission and message. This original and provocative book offers a dramatically new perspective on one of history’s seminal figures.
See the remark of Rav Soloveitchik in the epigraph to this chapter . Rav
Soloveitchik explicitly repudiates Kierkegaard ' s view in The Lonely Man of Faith
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Evidence from the Faiyum of the 2nd century B.C.E. would thus attest a peculiar halakhah , proper to the Hellenistic ... But in the light of such usages , hypotheses
concerning the disinterestedness ' of the Jews and its possible influence on their
I believe the answer to be obvious in light of the evidence we have considered .
Kanon , as noted above ... On kanon as the equivalent of Hebrew halakhah , see
S . Lieberman , Hellenism in Jewish Palestine2 ( New York , 1962 ) , 83 , n . 3 . 35
I have ... 38 EpP 1 : 5 . The slogan heis theos is frequent in Christian epigraphy .
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Galilee - the centre of Jewish life in Palestine after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, as well as a region of prime importance in early Christian history - is studied here by a wide spectrum of experts: historians and archaeologists, scholars of New Testament and Rabbinic literature, and students of social and cultural life in late antiquity, which reached from the first to the seventh centuries.
JACKSON , BERNARD S. , A New Work on the Sources of Halakhah . ... and its
Foundations 196 DENIS , A - M . , Fragmenta Pseudepigraphorum quae
supersunt Graeca una cum Historicorum et Auctorum Judaeorum Hellenistarum
Fragmentis . ... XIII 203 YADIN , Y. , Bar - Kokhba 198 YARDEN , L. , The Tree of Light .
He recognized this in his selection of an epigraph for Justice Accused , taken
from Professor Shalom Spiegel's Amos v . Amaziah ... It was in this context that
his view of the nexus between law and religion developed . Bob's world was ...
His understanding of halakhah thus shaped the way he thought about law . It
could be ...
If one may speak of " halakhic " reasons , it should be pointed out that this halakhah may have been a pre - Rabbinic custom , recorded in just one ... Only in light of these finds , did full attention need ... S. J. D. Cohen , Epigraphical Rabbis
Author: Gunter Stemberger
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English summary: The essays in this volume deal with three areas: One part focuses on the pre-Islamic history of the Jews, the development of the rabbinate and the relationship between Jews and Christians. This is followed by texts on methodological issues, the historical value of rabbinic texts and the legacy of the apocalyptic. Ten of the essays deal with Tractate Avot, its origins and its reception, four of them with the redaction history of Sifra to Leviticus. The outline of the Midrash Wayosha segues into thematic studies of rabbinic literature. The work concludes with essays on the research history (J.J. Rabe, L. Zunz and H.L.Strack). All the essays have been given a standard form and any overlapping has been deleted if this was deemed expedient. Essays that were published in Spanish or Italian have been translated and everything has been updated to a certain extent. German description: Die hier gesammelten Aufsatze befassen sich mit drei Themenbereichen: Ein Teil gilt der vorislamischen Geschichte der Juden, der Entwicklung des Rabbinats und dem Verhaltnis von Juden und Christen. Es folgen Texte zu Methodenfragen, dem historischen Wert rabbinischer Texte, und dem Erbe der Apokalyptik. Zehn Arbeiten kreisen um den Traktat Avot, seine Entstehung und Nachgeschichte, vier weitere gelten der Redaktionsgeschichte von Sifra zu Levitikus. Die Skizze zum Midrasch Wa-yosha leitet uber zu thematischen Studien in der rabbinischen Literatur. Den Abschluss bilden Arbeiten zur Forschungsgeschichte (J. J. Rabe, L. Zunz, und H. L. Strack). Alle Beitrage wurden formal vereinheitlicht, Uberschneidungen, soweit dies sinnvoll war, getilgt. Auf Spanisch oder Italienisch erschienene Aufsatze wurden ubersetzt und alles zumindest in einem gewissen Umfang auf den heutigen Stand gebracht.
... on the Halakhah and on the Customs of Jewish Feasts ” Supervisor : M.D. Herr
Emmanuela Maine , " The Sadducees " Supervisors : M.D. Herr and D.R.
Schwartz Haggai Misgav , " Hebrew and Aramaic Epigraphic Sources in the Light
of the ...
Nevertheless , from a strictly traditional point of view , shaving was permitted as
long as it was done in a certain ... Halakhah forbids only the shaving proper of the
beard ; this is defined as the act of removing the hair with an ... 28 , 30 , 31 ;
Chicago Oriental Institute , The Epigraphic Survey ; Medinet Habu , 2 ( 1932 ) , pl
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... the second is devoted to the twin topics of Halakhah and Aggadah ; the third is
about the Mishnah itself ; and the fourth is ... Meade rejects both the conservative view , that Canon and pseudepigraphy are mutually exclusive , and the liberal ...
... 9/2 ( 1983 ) ; “ The Eastem Wall of the Second Temple at Jerusalem Revealed ”
BA 44 ( 1981 ) ; “ New Light Upon Zion : the Plan and ... Rec : Nature study , halakhah , weather in anc . lit. ... 1986- Ed . Spec : Hebrew Bible , Mesopotamian
Studies , Semitic Languages , Texts and Epigraphy , Apocrypha 148 WHO'S
The severity of the Halakhah , the legislative and normative aspect of the Talmud
, cannot exist without the less severe ... Here the ironic mode is evident in the
choice of the poem ' s light tone , its rhyming , and the epigraph , a syllogism by ...
Falk. Z . ,. JERUSALEM. * The Law of the Temple and Priests in the Halakhah
GARBINI G . , NAPOLI The Creation of Light in the first chapter of Genesis
GIVEON R . , TEL AVIV Egyptian Inscriptions and finds from a Temple in the
Timna area ...
Reinhard Pummer, one of the world's foremost experts on Samaritanism, offers in this book a comprehensive introduction to the people identified as Samaritans in both biblical and nonbiblical sources.
Author: Reinhard Pummer
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Authoritative introduction to the Samaritan tradition from antiquity to the present Most people associate the term "Samaritan" exclusively with the New Testament stories about the Good Samaritan and the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Very few are aware that a small community of about 750 Samaritans still lives today in Palestine and Israel; they view themselves as the true Israelites, having resided in their birthplace for thousands of years and preserving unchanged the revelation given to Moses in the Torah. Reinhard Pummer, one of the world's foremost experts on Samaritanism, offers in this book a comprehensive introduction to the people identified as Samaritans in both biblical and nonbiblical sources. Besides analyzing the literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources, he examines the Samaritans' history, their geographical distribution, their version of the Pentateuch, their rituals and customs, and their situation today. There is no better book available on the subject.