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What Is Talmud?The Art of Disagreement$
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Sergey Dolgopolski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229345

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229345.001.0001

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What Is Talmud?

What Is Talmud?

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What Is Talmud?

Sergey Dolgopolski

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the question: What is Talmud? According to Gaon, the Talmud originated from a project of emending the printed Talmudic texts based on considerations of his own and others' intellectual experience of Talmudic learning. In the 19th century, the Vilna Gaon's view on the Talmud won another continuation. The book of the Talmud therefore became a source for Jewish culture. However, the neo-Kantian, cultural-historical, universalistic view of the Talmud as a book had not only a philosophical manifestation, but a philological one as well. This time the Talmud emerged as a cultural-historical object, belonging only and exclusively to its authentic historical period which was during late antiquity.

Keywords:   Talmud, Vilna Gaon, Talmudic texts, Talmudic learning, Jewish culture

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