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Debates in Rabbinic Judaism: Amplifying the Dispute
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Disputes in the halakhic documents—statement of a topic + Rabbi X says… Rabbi Y says—occasionally are augmented by debates. These are formal and balanced exchanges of not only opinion but reason and argument. While introduced only sparingly, the debate is always integral to the dispute to which it is attached, and invariably yields a deeper understanding of the issues of the dispute.

Among ancient Judaic religious s…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Debates in Rabbinic Judaism: Amplifying the Dispute”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0045>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701

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