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The Talmud: A Biography

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality

The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter reflects a narrow scholasticism that should hardly have broad appeal. Ye
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Princeton University Press
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Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to the LOGRB series!
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, judaism
I got about halfway through before giving up on this one. I just could not penetrate his writing. I'm not sure if it's him or me but it was just not coming together. I think he definitely could have benefited from a better editor on those first two chapters, which were pretty disorganized. I also was hoping for a more historical account of the Talmud's redaction, which might have helped to better support the textual analyses. ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Impenetrable! Despite multiple efforts, I was only able to read 30 pages of this book because the author’s writing style was extremely difficult for me to read. I had really looked forward to this book as our December selection because I wanted to learn more about the Talmud. I did learn quite a bit during the discussion, but frankly could not learn anything from the book.
Oct 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: 21st-century, judaism
You ever read an introduction long after you should have because you, on the one hand, know the thing pretty well and, on the other hand, missed some obvious 101 stuff?
Yeah, this was a very useful book in that respect. Time to go through the footnotes and make my next reading list.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wasn't an entertaining read but the information it gives is exactly what you want if you're looking for a 'biography' of the Talmud. ...more
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