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Friday, February 12 • 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Talmudic Stories: From History to Literature

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How should Talmudic stories about the sages be studied? From the Middle Ages until recent times, interpreters adopted an historical approach that understood “sage-stories” as recording the lives and deeds of the sages. More recently, scholars have shifted to a literary approach that rejects the historicity of the stories and understands them as didactic literature, teaching morals, and lessons to the audience. This talk will explore the reasons for this shift in scholarship and its implications.

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Jeffrey Rubenstein

Professor, New York University
Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is the Skirball Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, New York University. His books include, Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition and Culture (1999), Rabbinic Stories (2002), The Culture of the Babylonian Talmud (2003), and Stories of the Babylonian Talmud (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Jeffrey has written numerous articles on the festival of Sukkot, Talmudic stories, the development of Jewish law... Read More →

Friday February 12, 2016 8:45pm - 10:00pm

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