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The Sages: Their Concepts and Beliefs
The author presents in this work, which is based on an exhaustive study of the sources by means of philological-historical methods, a vivid picture of the religious and social thoughts of the Tanna im and Amora im, their absorption and rejection of extraneous concepts, their spiritual struggles and the goals they sought to achieve. The intellectual ferment marking this era ...more
Hardcover, 1118 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by Hebrew University Magnes Press
(first published 1979)
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Mar 23, 2012 Therese rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with a scholarly/serious interest in the intellectual history of Judaism
In this massive doorstop of a book, scholar Ephraim Urbach explores the worldview of the rabbis of the Talmud through the primary texts. Urbach's thoroughness is an amazing achievement, and reading through just a few chapters will leave you much more enlightened about what rabinnic Judaism is all about than when you started. The big limitation of the book, however, derives largely from the nature of the rabbinic sources themselves - namely, that this literature arose out of oral traditions as a ...more