Research into Rabbinic Literature: An Attempt to Define the <i>Status Quaestionis</i>


in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264744
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734663 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Research into Rabbinic Literature: An Attempt to Define the Status Quaestionis

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This chapter aims to define to state of investigation of research into rabbinic literature. It describes the most important approaches in research on the basis of which rabbinic literature has been and is being studied. These include the traditional halakhic approach, the exploitative-apologetic approach, and the thematic approach. This chapter concludes that the questioning of the redactional identity of the individual works of rabbinic literature inevitably also disavows the research approach to the work at the level of the final redaction.

Keywords: rabbinic literature; halakhic approach; exploitative-apologetic approach; thematic approach; redactional identity

Chapter.  6735 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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