Chapter

Peeping through a Hole

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/9780520234536.003.0002
Peeping through a Hole

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There is a certain Babylonian tale that tells about a woman who was wont to heat her oven and let her neighbors use it. When Droqart, the town where she lived in the great Rav Huna's vicinity, was afflicted by fire, it was by her merit, not the Rabbi's, as many mistakenly thought, that their neighborhood was spared. This chapter discusses the Babylonian Talmud, where this tale appears. The Babylonian Talmud is the greatest single document of Rabbinic literature of Late Antiquity and constitutes an impressive document of what this book claims to be the ethnographic character of Rabbinic literature in general. This ethnographic interest of the Rabbis motivated the peculiar way they conducted their ongoing textual project of several generations.

Keywords: Babylonian; Rav Huna; Rabbis; Hebrew Bible; generation

Chapter.  7913 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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