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The Burnt Book Hardcover – July 3, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition edition (July 3, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691037299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691037295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This remarkable book ... is rich in suggestive ideas, including the proposal that thought has its highest ethical function when it refuses wisdom in favor of 'asking a question that it cannot answer.'"--Peter C. Brown, Canadian Philosophical Reviews

"The gifts Ouaknin offers are many. His use of Kabbalistic thought simultaneously offers profound insight into the nature of the book and illuminates the concepts used.... He offers multiple, useful paths forward in the study of the book, narrative, reading practices, community formation, religious thought, and the Talmud itself."--Journal of Communication

Praise for the French edition: "Marc-Alain Ouaknin's book is a veritable gift for the heart and mind! . . . [It] contains a radical criticism of the `masters' who `[think] they control their language and the language of others.'"--Robert Maggiori, Libration

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Ouaknin masterfully explains most of the basics. I recommend this book to everyone who wishes to grasp the genius of 2500 years of Rabbinic discussions. The author helps the reader, at every level, to navigate the Yam (Sea) of Talmud without being totaly overwhelmed. Difficult reading, requires some background, but a pleasure to study.
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