Our Sages, God, and Israel: An Anthology of The Talmud of the Land of Israel

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Jacob Neusner
SP Books, 1984 - 181 pages
"Around 200 C.E., The great sages of two Jewish communities--the settlements in the Land of Israel and in Babylonia--received the Mishnah and began to explain its meaning and application. Their work eventually reached written form in the Babylonian Talmud and in the Talmud of the Land of lsrael. This anthology of teachings about the critical issues of Jewish existence formerly inaccessible in the English language, gives us insight to the path taken by Judaism in the Holy Land in the early years of Christianity. It also provides us an invaluable treasure for our Jewish community today.
 

Contents

Death
1
After Our Likeness
59
Humanity In Our Image
65
Our Sages in Society
91
Our Sages and Israel
113
Our Sages God and Torah
139
Our Sages God and Israel
151
Index I
169
Index II
177
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Jacob Neusner was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 28, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University in 1953. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received a master's degree in Hebrew letters in 1960. He also received a doctorate in religion from Columbia University. He taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida before joining the religion department at Bard College in 1994. He retired from there in 2014. He was a religious historian and one of the world's foremost scholars of Jewish rabbinical texts. He published more than 900 books during his lifetime including A Life of Yohanan ben Zakkai; The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism; Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah; Strangers at Home: The 'Holocaust,' Zionism, and American Judaism; Translating the Classics of Judaism: In Theory and in Practice; Why There Never Was a 'Talmud of Caesarea': Saul Lieberman's Mistakes; and Judaism: An Introduction. He wrote The Bible and Us: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together with Andrew M. Greeley and A Rabbi Talks with Jesus with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. He also edited and translated, with others, nearly the entirety of the Jewish rabbinical texts. He died on October 8, 2016 at the age of 84.

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