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Exempla: Who Is a Rabbi?

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/9780199773732.003.0007
Exempla: Who Is a Rabbi?

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This chapter deals with the exemplum, one of the main genres of Mishnaic story. The first part of the chapter surveys a number of theoretical and historiographical models for the functioning of religious authority and considers their relationship to the rabbinic heroes of the Mishnah. The second half of the chapter consists of close readings of exempla in light of the findings of the first half. A series of stories found in the second chapter of Mishnah Sukkah, as well as the famous story of Honi Hame‘agel are considered for the ways in which they serve to construct and de-construct the figure of the rabbi as halakhic authority.

Keywords: exempla/exemplum; authority; sukkah; honi

Chapter.  15993 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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