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The Tannaitic Academies
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The Tannaitic Academies

Lawrence H. Schiffman, From Text to Tradition, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken, NJ, 1991. In order to understand how this transition took place, and how the tannaitic corpus developed, some explanation of the history and function of the tannaitic academies is necessary. Yet we must caution that the term “academies” may be anachronistic. It conjures up an image of […]

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From Pharisees to Rabbis
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From Pharisees to Rabbis

Lawrence H. Schiffman, From Text to Tradition, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken, NJ, 1991. Inherent in the later traditions, and indeed, in most modern scholarly treatments, is the assumption that the Pharisees bequeathed their traditions to the tannaim. The terms “Pharisees” and “tannaim” overlap chronologically. We speak of Pharisaic Judaism as emerging in the early Hasmonean period, around 150 […]

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The Tannaim and their Institutions (circa 70-3rd Century CE)
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The Tannaim and their Institutions (circa 70-3rd Century CE)

From Text to Tradition From Pharisees to Rabbis The Tannaitic Academies Primary sources Mishnah Hagigah 2-2-3, Tosefta Hagigah 2-8, 10- Rabbinic Traditions about the Pharisees Josephus, Antiquities XIV, ch. 4-5- Herod’s Trial before the Sanhedrin Josephus, XV, 2-3, 368-70- Sameas and Pollio Tosefta Pesahim 4-13- Hillel’s Rise to Power Jerusalem Talmud Pesahim 6-1 (33a)- Another […]

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Overview: The Age of the Rabbis: The Formative Years (circa 70- 3rd century CE)
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Overview: The Age of the Rabbis: The Formative Years (circa 70- 3rd century CE)

When the Sages assembled in the vineyard in Yavneh, they said- In the future a person might seek teachings of the Torah, and cannot find them; or seek out the words of the Sages, and not find them…Or, the teachings of Torah may be confused, and not consistent. They said- Let us begin from Hillel […]

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The Age of the Rabbis: The Formative Years (circa 70- 3rd century CE)
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The Age of the Rabbis: The Formative Years (circa 70- 3rd century CE)

Overview- The Age of the Rabbis- The Formative Years (circa 70- 3rd century CE) The Tannaim and their Institutions (circa 70-3rd Century CE) Development of Legal and Exegetical Method (circa 70-3rd century CE) Tannaitic Literature (circa 70-3rd century CE)

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