In our day, of course, some specialists on Second Temple Judaism and Rabbinics
, especially those residing in North America, might not endorse Flusser's description of Josephus as having "a strong rabbinic
background with regard to Scripture, Jewish law, and homiletic writings" (p.
In January 2007, the Belgian inter-university working group Institutum Iudaicum initiated a symposium at the Catholic University of Leuven in order to take stock of the current study of Rabbinics
and the New Testament.
DVORA WEISBERG is Associate Professor of Rabbinics
at HUC-JIR, Los Angeles.
A recent scholar from the side of rabbinics
, Marc Hirshman, argues however that Justin's knowledge of rabbinic
exegesis is "on the whole unimpressive" (Marc Hirshman, A Rivalry of Genius: Jewish and Christian Biblical Interpretation in Late Antiquity, trans.
 To take some other examples, in the late seventies and early eighties the fields of Bible and of rabbinics
witnessed the growing employment of models taken from developments in literary theory, semiotics, and hermeneutics.
The volume as a whole is a veritable and satisfying feast for the LXX scholar, and has many items of interest for those more concerned with Patristics or Rabbinics
Authored by Rabbi Ethan Tucker (Co-Founder and the Yeshiva Head at Mechon Hadar, where he serves as Chair in Jewish Law) and Rabbi Michael Rosenberg (Assistant Professor of Rabbinics
at Hebrew College), "Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law" not only explores this specific issue in depth, but it also provides a model how to mine the Jewish legal tradition for its underlying values, enabling its complex sources to serve as effective guides for contemporary communal decision-making.
Methodology in Rabbinic
Studies: Isaiah Gafni, "The Modern Study of Rabbinics
and Historical Questions: The Tale of the Text"; Giuseppe Veltri, "From the Best Text to the Pragmatic Edition: On Editing Rabbinic
Texts"; Gunter Stemberger,"Dating Rabbinic
Traditions"; Catherine Hezser, "Form Criticism of Rabbinic
Literature"; and Roland Deines, "The Social Profile of the Pharisees."
The first part of my inquiry focuses on assumptions about ways in which being a woman shapes my experience as a rabbinics
scholar, now and during my years as a student.
Painting in large brush strokes, one can claim that works of Jewish thought are either a focus on ethics which disparages ritual and rabbinics
as myth or mere ceremony, or a focus on ritual which disparages ethical claims as the technique of assimilation,  Middle ways are rare -- one might cite Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption here -- but even then they are rarely accessible.
Michael Chernick, who reaches Talmud and Rabbinics
at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, here explains the meaning and implications of certain fixed interpretative rhetorical formulas that recur in the analytical discussions of late antique Rabbinic
literature, with stress on the hermeneutics of the law of the Talmud of Babylonia.
In an excellent foreword, which traces the development of scholarship in Rabbinics
since Strack, Jacob Neusner explains why such a total reworking of the prior volume was required.