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This was the period in which highly important literary works were written, the Mishnah, the Palestinian and Babylonian Talmuds, and collections of halakhic and aggadic midrashim. These works expanded Jewry's understanding of the Bible.
This reconstruction stands on two legs: First, Weiss vehemently argues that the artistic depictions in the mosaic were compatible with the ideas voiced by rabbis in their literature from this period, mainly in the so-called aggadic midrashim (books engaged in exegetical expounding of the biblical narrative).