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Introduction

Moshe Simon-Shoshan

in Stories of the Law

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199773732
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773732.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction frames the basic problem of the study of the legal story in rabbinic literature, arguing that this genre complicates and undermines the distinction between halakhah and aggadah which has been central to the study of rabbinic texts for over a millennium. Tracing the history of the study of rabbinic stories from the early middle ages through the present day, this chapter argues for a new approach to rabbinic legal stories which considers these texts in both their literary and legal contexts. The chapter then goes on the outline the basic structure of the book and its chapters.

Keywords: halakhah; aggadah; legal story

Chapter.  5179 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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