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  Literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Literature is literally "an acquaintance with letters" as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning "an individual written character (letter)").
The word "literature" as a common noun can refer to any form of writing, such as essays; "Literature" as a proper noun refers to a whole body of literary work, world-wide or relating to a specific culture.There is often confusion regarding the actual definition of literature and Literature.
Critics may exclude works from the classification "literature", for example, on the grounds of a poor standard of grammar and syntax, of an unbelievable or disjointed story-line, or of inconsistent or unconvincing characters.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Literature   (2615 words)

 Book Encyclopedia - Web Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Rabbinic literature, in the broadest sense, can mean the entire spectrum of Judaism's rabbinic writing/s throughout history.
The Mishnah and the Tosefta (compiled from materials pre-dating the year 200) are the earliest extant works of rabbinic literature, explaining Judaism's oral law.
Meforshim is a Hebrew word meaning "(classical rabbinical) commentators" (or roughly meaning "exegetes"), and is used as a substitute for the correct word perushim which means "commentaries".
www.bookencyclopedia.com /index.php?title=Rabbinic_literature   (859 words)

 Tales of the Neighborhood: CHAPTER ONE
Rabbinic literature of Late Antiquity has come down to us in manuscripts and printed versions, all themselves produced no earlier than five hundred years after the projected date of the original production of the texts.
Folklore in Rabbinic literature may be conceptualized in various ways, as scholars, notably Eli Yassif and Dina Stein, as well as myself, have recently shown in book-length studies of the topic.
Folk narratives in Rabbinic literature are almost always embedded in discourses that point to the synagogue (such as homiletical passages of drasha and Aramaic translations of Bible texts) or to the academy (in textual interpretation and extrapolation).
www.ucpress.edu /books/pages/9804/9804.ch01.html   (8630 words)

 FFF | Jesus: Rabbinic Sources
Meier is discussing rabbinic literature as a source for the Pharisees in the time of Jesus.
In the past, a common but uncritical route was to declare that "the sages" and/or "the scribes" mentioned in the rabbinic literature were identical with the Pharisees.
If some legal opinion or practice found in rabbinic literature is said to be Pharisaic or, more generally, to go back to the pre-70 period, arguments in favor of that judgment should be given.
www.faithfutures.org /JDB/rabbinic.html   (1111 words)

 Instructor Class Description
This course is both an introduction to the various styles of ancient rabbinic literature and an introduction to the role that oral performance and oral tradition played in the shaping of written rabbinic literary works.
Students are asked to pursue a theoretical question regarding orality and rabbinic literature through some secondary scholarly literature and to report on their inquiry in the form of a 10 page paper due on the last day of class.
Students taking HEBR 490 should present their own translation of a rabbinic text to be selected in consultation with me. 50% of the course grade will consist of my evaluation of your preparation for class as evidenced in your contribution to our textual discussions.
www.washington.edu /students/icd/S/intljewish/490jaffee.html   (682 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Ideas & Belief: Women in Rabbinic Literature
This certainty of woman's ancillary place in the scheme of things permeates rabbinic thinking, and the male sages who produced rabbinic literature accordingly apportioned separate spheres and separate responsibilities to women and men, making every effort to confine women and their activities to the private realms of the family and its particular concerns.
Rachel Adler suggests that Beruriah's story expresses rabbinic ambivalence about the possible place of a woman in their wholly male scholarly world, in which her sexuality was bound to be a source of havoc.
Extrapolating from hearing to seeing, rabbinic prohibitions on male/female contact in worship eventually led to a physical barrier (mehitzah) between men and women in the synagogue, to preserve men from sexual distraction during prayer.
www.myjewishlearning.com /ideas_belief/genderfeminism/Fem_Traditional_TO/Fem_InRabbinic.htm   (1064 words)

Introduction to the literature of the Classical Rabbinic or Talmudic period of Judaism (2nd to 7th centuries CE).
Jewish women's writings and portrayals of Jewish women in literature, in light of central events in modern Jewish history, with emphasis on the double marginality of women in an ethnic minority.
Introduction to the language and literature of the rabbinic period in Judaism (2nd-7th century CE).
www.wisc.edu /grad/catalog/letsci/jewishC.html   (1219 words)

 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature:Neusner, Jacob:0385497512:eCampus.com
The rabbis are as important today as they were two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the literature that came to be named after them.
The Mishnah, the Tosefta, the Talmuds, the collections of Midrash, and other writings ascribed to the ancient rabbis -- the oral Torah -- were gradually produced between the first and the seventh century of the Common Era.
Opening the vast pages of rabbinic literature is like entering a conversation already in progress.
www.ecampus.com /bk_detail.asp?isbn=0385497512&referrer=yah04   (174 words)

 TALMUD & RABBINIC LITERATURE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Extensive attention is paid to the geo-cultural aspect and its influence on eating practices and rabbinical halakhic rulings among the communities of Ashkenaz and Provence and among the eastern communities (particularly Yemen and North Africa).
This is a unique multi-disciplinary study which includes a description of the various types of kosher locusts and their dispersion, biologically and ecologically, as well as historical, halakhic, sociological and folkloristic aspects.
A collection of essays on the Vilna Gaon and his School based on lectures delivered at two conferences that were held at Bar-Ilan University on the occasion of the two hunderedth anniversary of his death.
www.biu.ac.il /Press/talmud.htm   (1747 words)

 Yeshiva - Courses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This course is an introduction to rabbinic literature.
Special attention will be paid to the way in which the analysis of Tannaitic literature forms the foundation of the Talmud, while the skills acquired in the first part of the course will provide the hermeneutic keys to unlocking a significant part of Talmudic literature.
The proportion of the academic year allotted to Tannaitic literature and to Talmudic literature will be determined by the progress and interest of the students.
www.uscj.org /israelcenter/yeshiva/educational_program/courses.shtml   (2840 words)

This seems to have been the attitude, too, of the compilers of the ancient Rabbinical literature, in which the most conflicting views about this grave subject were embodied.
As an example of the misfortune befalling the individual I will merely allude to a passage in Arachin, 16a, according to which leprosy is to be regarded as the penalty for immorality, slander, perjury and similar sins.
Notwithstanding these passages, to which many more might be added, it cannot be denied that there are in the Rabbinical literature many passages holding out promises of material reward to the righteous as well as threatening the wicked with material punishment.
www.adath-shalom.ca /div_retr.htm   (4557 words)

 The Institute of Jewish Studies - General   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The department is particularly involved in the preparation and publication of scientific editions of compositions from the entire spectrum of rabbinic literature, including the Mishna, the Halakhic Midrashim of the Tannaitic period, the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds, the Aggadic Midrashim of the Amoraic period, and Geonic literature.
Talmudic literature has served as the foundation of Halakha, the Aggada and Jewish thought, as well as the basis of Jewish education and the Jewish way of life.
The early phase of Rabbinic interpretative tradition is examined, especially the Sifra - its composition and modes of interpretation.
www.hum.huji.ac.il /jewish/talmud/staff.htm   (2247 words)

 Reed, "Apocrypha, 'Outside Books,' and Pseudepigrapha," PSCO 2002
Most scholars of Rabbinics hold that "hamiram" reflects a scribal error and that the text originally read something like "hamris" or "homris" — meaning "Homer" and, by extension, all literature of a "secular" sort (for, indeed, these books resemble letters in status and are acceptable for casual reading, but not serious study).
Of course, anyone familiar with the Rabbinic literature will know that, if there was any threat to the Bible's exclusive claim to divine revelation and authority within the Rabbinic movement, it lay — not in these "outside books" — but rather in the teachings of the Rabbis themselves.
The discussions of "canonicity" in Rabbinic Judaism illustrate the continued complexity of issues pertaining to Scripture and authority, even in a movement where the biblical canon was closed at a fairly early date.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /psco/year40/areed1.html   (3690 words)

 Learn more about Rabbinic literature in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Learn more about Rabbinic literature in the online encyclopedia.
Rabbinic literature, in the broadest sense, is any literature written by Rabbis concerning Judaism.
It is better restricted though, to that literature which has achieved some degree of canonicity among Jews (or at least some Jews).
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /r/ra/rabbinic_literature.html   (279 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Ideas & Belief: Biblical and Rabbinic Ideas
Neither the Bible nor rabbinic literature are explicitly philosophical, but they nonetheless contain precedents invoked by later Jewish thinkers.
In rabbinic literature, the term epicurean (apikoros) is used, but it usually refers to a heretic rather than to someone who embraces Epicurus' doctrines.
Jewish philosophers were prone to cite rabbinic sayings in their writings as they did biblical quotations, for support of their views.
www.myjewishlearning.com /ideas_belief/About_Jewish_Thought/About_Ideas_TO/AboutIB_BibRab.htm   (604 words)

 Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament (T-R-E-N-T) by David Instone-Brewer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Primary texts originating before the destruction of the Temple in 70 ce, which are preserved in rabbinic literature.
Since Neusner's influential article which warned against "The Use of the Later Rabbinic Evidence for the Study of First-Century Pharisaism" (Brown Judaic Studies 1, 1978, 215-25), New Testament scholars have recognised the complexity of dating rabbinic literature.
This is supported by introductory chapters on the origins and dating of rabbinic literature with a full glossary of rabbinic terminology.
www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk /Brewer/PPages/TRENT   (638 words)

 Judaism: Insiders or outsiders: women and rabbinic literature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
She also assumed that rabbinic literature is, at least in part, misogynistic.
I then wish to address the way rabbinic texts portray women and the ways in which women perceive they are regarded by such texts.
I entered into the study of rabbinic literature with the sense that I was an outsider, but could become an insider.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0411/is_3-4_52/ai_n6126884   (1190 words)

 References to Jesus in Early Rabbinic Literature
Rabbinic texts dealing with other figures (e.g., ben ["son of"] Stada, Peloni ["a certain person"], [ben] Netzer) became subsequently misapplied to Jesus.
But given the considerable impact of rabbinic traditions on later Jewish assessments of him, it is unclear, overall, whether these conclusions could be of much practical import.
In terms of the rabbis' cumulative understanding of Jesus, some had come to think that Jesus, while in Egypt [the newborn Jesus is depicted in Egypt in Matthew 2:13-23], had become schooled in the art of sorcery along with the charms and formulae needed to perform feats of magic.
www.bc.edu /research/cjl/meta-elements/texts/cjrelations/resources/articles/cook_rabbis_and_Jesus.htm   (1156 words)

 Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The: Stranger within Your Gates: Converts and Conversion Rabbinic Literature, The   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The beneficial consequence of this strategy is that the author has been able to survey a huge number of texts within a reasonable compass; the negative consequence is that the reader is never given the original texts, or the original contexts of the texts.
In rabbinic literature, converts appear for the most part in the context of a discussion of some other topic; the peculiar situation of the convert is adduced to illustrate some legal principle or issue which, in itself, has nothing to do with converts.
Thus, studying conversion document by document is by definition (at least in Neusner's method) a distortion of the rabbinic document at hand, an imposition of an extraneous agenda on the rabbinic text.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3679/is_199704/ai_n8765958   (1151 words)

 4. Rabbinic Literature
One valuable source of insight into the nature of Rabbinic Judaism is its translations of the Bible.
This discussion provides an example of the Rabbinic Jewish practice of "making a hedge around Torah." That is to say, laws were often applied more strictly than was dictated by the original statement of the law in the Hebrew Bible.
This storehouse of literature from the variety of communities which together constituted Judaism, including the Pharisees, Essenes, and Christians, reveal to us the vitality and longevity of the Hebrew Bible.
www.hope.edu /academic/religion/bandstra/RTOT/AHB/AHB_4.HTM   (677 words)

 Bregman: Pseudepigraphy in Rabbinic Literature
Among scholars of rabbinic literature, there are those who seem in general to accept the reliability of attributions of statements to specific sages and the historical veracity of stories about rabbis.
This is related to the rabbinic notion that the Torah was given in accordance with the rulings of the sages.
The notion that all specific rabbinic teachings derive from a collective tradition should, of course, be compared with the traditional view that all "torah" (written and oral) derives from the divine revelation given to Moses on Sinai and transmitted to subsequent generations, including the rabbinic sages, see m.
orion.huji.ac.il /symposiums/2nd/papers/Bregman97.html   (6209 words)

 Midrash Bibliography, General Studies
Handelman, Susan A., The Slayers of Moses: The Emergence of Rabbinic Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory.
"Toward a New Agendum for the Study of Rabbinic Midrashic Literature." In Studies in Aggadah, Targum and Jewish Liturgy in Memory of Joseph Heinemann, edited by Petuchowski, Jakob J. and Ezra Fleischer, 55-73.
Parables in Midrash -- Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature.
www.huc.edu /midrash/genstud.html   (834 words)

 UC E-News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Baskin visits UC from the University of Oregon where she is Knight Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religious Studies, and Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.
Baskin’s lecture will be based on Rabbinic literature created by rabbis, Jewish religious leaders and teachers during the late period of antiquity, between the first century and the sixth century.
“In my lecture I will focus on the ways in which marriage is represented in non-legal contexts in rabbinic literature and, in particular, on rabbinic views of what constituted good and bad wives,” she said.
www.uc.edu /news/public_PrintableRelease.asp?information=1247   (436 words)

 The Use of Electricity on Shabbat / Rabbi Michael Broyde & Rabbi Howard Jachter and Yom Tov
The consensus of opinion - accepted by nearly all rabbinic authorities - is that turning on an incandescent electric light on Shabbat violates a biblical prohibition, although the precise prohibition is in dispute; most authorities maintain the prohibition is lighting a flame, and a minority contends that the prohibition is either cooking or ma'keh bepatish.
The consensus of rabbinic authorities maintain that it is prohibited to turn on an incandescent light on Yom Tov.
The Chazon Ish, however, asserts that it is merely a rabbinic prohibition of extracting fire from wood and stones.
www.daat.ac.il /daat/english/journal/broyde_1.htm   (14276 words)

 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature by Jacob Neusner @ CenturyOne Bookstore
In Introduction to Rabbinic Literature, legendary author Jacob Neusner collects the essence of a lifetime of scholarship.
In short, this book explores the formative age of rabbinic literature, and tells in a simple, straightforward way what these documents are, where to find them, how to read them, and why their contents matter - and it does this all within the confines of one volume.
XXV The Targumim in the Context of Rabbinic Literature
www.centuryone.com /9751-2.html   (538 words)

 Jacob Neusner, Rabbinic Literature and the New Testament
Such uncritical behaviour is known in those rabbinical circles that ask, "Can our ancient sages lie?," presume in favour of the reliability of any text, and treat rabbinical pronouncements (as the rabbis treat the TNK) as mutually coeval, ignoring questions of chronology.
Is it mere gullibility, naivety, to do this, and therefore a fraud to pop rabbinical references in footnotes as Samuel Lachs constantly does (A Rabbinic Commentary on the New Testament.
But when we see the point in each case we realize that knowledge kept alive in some form both in the Gospel and in rabbinical passages makes it easier to understand what Jesus or his ventriloquists are talking about.
www.depts.drew.edu /jhc/dmdneus.html   (972 words)

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