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Rabbinical literature
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[German version]

I. Definition

Collective term for the literature of rabbinical Judaism (AD 70 to 1040), traditionally considered the 'oral Torah' (tōrā šæ-be-al-pæ) revealed to Moses [1] on Mount Sinai (mAb 1,1). In terms of content, a distinction is made between Halakhah, i.e. the legal-judicial tradition, and Haggadah, which contains narrative elements. The essential literary works of this transmitted corpus are the Mishnah, Tosefta, Talm…

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Ego, Beate (Osnabrück), “Rabbinical literature”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1017980>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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