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The Talmud's Theological Language-Game [INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR]

Borowitz, Eugene B.

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ISBN 10: 0791467015 / ISBN 13: 9780791467015
Published by State of New York Press, Albany, 2006
Condition: vg Hardcover
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Lg. octavo. viii,[3],316pp. Original illustrated glossy paper-covered boards. Inscribed on free front endpaper: "For the HUC JIR Library, Los Angeles with my best wishes, Eugene B. Borowitz. Important study of rabbinic methodology on the language-game of aggadic discourse in the Talmud. Tail of spine slightly bumped. Tight copy in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 24845

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Title: The Talmud's Theological Language-Game [...

Publisher: State of New York Press, Albany

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Edition: First edition.

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In this pioneering effort, noted Jewish philosopher Eugene B. Borowitz opens up the rules by which the language-game of aggadic discourse is carried on in the Talmud, the foundational document of rabbinic and all later Judaism. These findings are compared with the aggadah (the realm in which almost all explicit statements about classic Jewish religious belief occur) of some other early rabbinic writings. Two issues drive Borowitz's inquiry: What, if anything, constrains the unprecedented freedom of this realm? and How might one positively characterize the aggadah? Borowitz introduces us to the rabbis not only in their amazing profundity, but also in their unguarded humanity. He concludes with a reflection on how this old Jewish language-game should influence contemporary Jewish thought, and, perhaps, other religious thought as well.

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Eugene B. Borowitz is Distinguished University Professor and the Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of many books, including Studies in the Meaning of Judaism and The Mask Jews Wear: The Self-Deceptions of American Jewry, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the realm of Jewish thought.

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