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Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism
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- Hardcover : 777 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0881254347
- ISBN-13 : 978-0881254341
- Item Weight : 2.59 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Ktav Pub & Distributors Inc (November 1, 1997)
- Language: : English
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This book makes an outstanding gift for Hebrew School teachers and Jewish education professionals. It is, as well, an excellent textbook for a Jewish Studies course, as long as the teacher supplements the texts with explanatory materials. I am amazed at how few rabbis and teachers are aware of this book, and treasure the copies I give them.
Nothing else comes close for in depth scholarship, or for magnificent organization.
Here's one small example: looking up how the oral and written laws were regarded by Jews.
From Josephus: (Antiquities) "What I would now explain is this, that the Pharisees have passed on to the people a great many observances handed down by their fathers, which are not written down in the law of Moses. For this reason the Sadducees reject them and say that we are to consider to be obligatory only those observances which are in the written word, but need not observe those which are derived from the tradition of our forefathers."
From Philo: (The Special Laws) "Another most admirable injunction is that nothing should be added or taken away, but all the laws originally ordained should be kept unaltered just as they were...For customs are unwritten laws, the decisions approved of men of old, not inscribed on monuments nor nor on leaves of paper which moth destroys, but on the souls...Praise cannot be duly given to one who obeys the written laws, since he acts under the admonition of restraint...But who faithfully observes the unwritten deserves commendation, since the virtue which he displays is freely willed" iv 143-150.
Also included, selections from Mark, the Megillat Ta'anit, the Babylonian Talmud and the Sifre Deuteronomy. And this is only on the subject of the written and unwritten laws.
Absolutely the best on the market.