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Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud

Moulie Vidas


This book offers a new perspective on perhaps the most important religious text of the Jewish tradition. It is widely recognized that the creators of the Talmud innovatively interpreted and changed the older traditions on which they drew. Nevertheless, it has been assumed that the ancient rabbis were committed to maintaining continuity with the past. This book argues on the contrary that structural features of the Talmud were designed to produce a discontinuity with tradition, and that this discontinuity was part and parcel of the rabbis‘ self-conception. Both this self-conception and these st ... More

Keywords: rabbis, Jewish tradition, Babylonian Talmud, Zoroastrian sources, Christian sources, mystical Jewish sources, religious text

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154862
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moulie Vidas, author
Princeton University