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Erecting the Fence

Galit Hasan-Rokem

in Tales of the Neighborhood

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928947 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234536.003.0001
Erecting the Fence

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This book aims to explore the ways in which readers can learn something about the relationship between literature and the reality in Late Antique Jewish culture by reading the texts that are known as Rabbinic literature, the Talmud and the Midrash. The narrative dialogue is an analytical tool devised to explore the transport of cultural goods in terms that stretch the linear and dichotomous models of thought lying behind the concept of influence. Dialogues may assume various emotional and intellectual tones. They may display conflict, fear, adversity, and even hatred, and they may also breathe common heritage, shared interests, friendship, tolerance, and solidarity. Approaching the text as a dialogue, and in dialogue, maximizes its character as a communicative process in situ.

Keywords: Rabbinic literature; Talmud; Midrash; dialogues; adversity

Chapter.  7667 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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