No work has informed Jewish life and history more than the
Talmud. This unique and vast collection of teachings and traditions
contains within it the intellectual output of hundreds of Jewish
sages who considered all aspects of an entire people's life from
the Hellenistic period in Palestine (c. 315 B.C.E.) until the end
of the Sassanian era in Babylonia (615 C.E.). This volume adds the
insights of modern talmudic scholarship and criticism to the
growing number of more traditionally oriented works that seek to
open the talmudic heritage and tradition to contemporary readers.
These central essays provide a taste of the myriad ways in which
talmudic study can intersect with such diverse disciplines as
economics, history, ethics, law, literary criticism, and
Contributors: Baruch Micah Bokser, Boaz Cohen, Ari Elon, Meyer
S. Feldblum, Louis Ginzberg, Abraham Goldberg, Robert Goldenberg,
Heinrich Graetz, Louis Jacobs, David Kraemer, Geoffrey B. Levey,
Aaron Levine, Saul Lieberman, Jacob Neusner, Nahum Rakover, and
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