What Is Talmud?

Sergey Dolgopolski

in What Is Talmud?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229345
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236725 | DOI:
What Is Talmud?

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This chapter addresses the question: What is Talmud? According to Gaon, the Talmud originated from a project of emending the printed Talmudic texts based on considerations of his own and others' intellectual experience of Talmudic learning. In the 19th century, the Vilna Gaon's view on the Talmud won another continuation. The book of the Talmud therefore became a source for Jewish culture. However, the neo-Kantian, cultural-historical, universalistic view of the Talmud as a book had not only a philosophical manifestation, but a philological one as well. This time the Talmud emerged as a cultural-historical object, belonging only and exclusively to its authentic historical period which was during late antiquity.

Keywords: Talmud; Vilna Gaon; Talmudic texts; Talmudic learning; Jewish culture

Chapter.  2675 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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