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The Aggada of the Bavli and Its Cultural World
Herman, Geoffrey and Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, editors

Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies, 2018 pp. xxv + 393. $56.95

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Brown Judaic Studies

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Description: The Babylonian Talmud (Bavli), the great compilation of Jewish law edited in the late Sasanian era (sixthĖseventh century CE), also incorporates a great deal of aggada, that is, nonlegal material, including interpretations of the Bible, stories, folk sayings, and prayers. The Talmud s aggadic traditions often echo conversations with the surrounding cultures of the Persians, Eastern Christians, Manichaeans, Mandaeans, and the ancient Babylonians, and others. The essays in this volume analyze Bavli aggada to reveal this rich engagement of the Talmud with its cultural world. Contributors include Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, David Brodsky, Yaakov Elman, Simcha Gross, Geoffrey Herman, Yishai Kiel, Reuven Kiperwasser, Jason Mokhtarian, Yakir Paz, Sara Ronis, Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, and Shai Secunda.

Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Mishnah and Talmud, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Judaism

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Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 7/2/2020
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Geoffrey Herman and Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, eds., The Aggada of the Bavli and Its Cultural World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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