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Grains of Truth

Grains of Truth

Reading Tractate Menachot of the Babylonian Talmud

by Joshua A. Fogel
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Publication Date: 31/12/2013
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Following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., Judaism faced a serious crossroads. The rabbis of late antiquity spent the next few centuries immersed in extensive debates in an effort to create an ethical and practical basis for a Torah-based faith. Their discussions constitute the bulk of what we know as the Talmud. This collection is not only massive; it is forbiddingly difficult, having accumulated numerous commentaries over the centuries since it first appeared. Recent translations have made it somewhat more accessible to English-language readers, but textual difficulties remain. This volume looks at tractate Menachot (grain offerings), which is concerned mostly with grain offered at the Temple (when it stood) to atone for various misdeeds. Joshua A. Fogel approaches the text, page by page, commenting with doses of humor and comparisons in a manner meant to explain and humanize the text for contemporary readers.
ISBN:
9780761863014
9780761863014
Category:
Judaism: sacred texts
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
31-12-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
University Press of America
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
392
Dimensions (mm):
228x151x28mm
Weight:
0.58kg

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