Its interpretative and main undertaking, presented in Part II, is to argue (a) that the talmudic literature
bears clear witness to a tannaitic view of humanly possible intellectual achievement akin to the theory of rationality proposed in Part I, and (b) that despite appearances to the contrary, this voice is centrally responsible for the BavliAEs halakhic discourse and project.
The land is described in the Bible and Talmudic literature
as a living, breathing, feeling entity with a sensitive constitution.
In talmudic literature
, the Red Heifer is viewed as the quintessential example of a hok, a rule that cannot be understood through logic and reason (TB Yoma 67b).
Just like the manna eaten by the people of Israel in the desert (which according to the Midrash Talmudic literature
, took on any flavor imagined by those chewing it), Lambiase promises to create kosher food in any flavor you'd like.
Rosen-Zvi (Talmudic literature
and culture, Tel Aviv U.) explores why a fairly simple rite described in the book of Numbers for a man to test his wife's fidelity, was turned into an elaborate and humiliating public event in the Mishnah.
The talmudic literature
is an amazing source of knowledge about life and nature.
That's called, in the Talmudic literature
, 'being thrown into the furnace.' So even though nobody saw the person die, and there are no physical remains, if two witnesses say he was thrown into the furnace, then he's dead."
Israel Shahak, former professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was very critical of the Talmud, saying: "It must be admitted that the Talmud and Talmudic literature
contain very offensive statements directed specifically against Christianity."
Moreover, the authors and editors of talmudic literature
were a small and highly self-conscious elite; it is impossible to know to what extent their legal formulations, social constructs, and spiritual convictions reflected or affected the great majority of contemporaneous Jews.
By the very nature of the Talmudic literature
and in particular the Babylonian Talmud, historical details are presented only incidentally, the text concentrating mainly on legal rulings (halakhah) and didactic theological material (aggadah), which was intended to draw the people to the study of Torah.
In his chapter on Shiloh, Horwitz tells of how Stacy Allen, the park historian, made him aware of Civil War revisionism: "[he made] me wonder if everything I thought I knew about Shiloh--and many other battles--was closer to fiction than to fact." Later, reflecting on "the vast Talmudic literature
" of the Civil War, he became convinced that it "was riddled with inaccuracies, false memories, and self-serving distortions." Moreover, he "learned that Civil War scholars were rethinking numerous battles and questioning the reliability of long-revered sources." (7)
Professor Maccoby, a prolific author of significant books in fields including theology, history, and Talmudic literature
, was also a playwright.