Wherever Jews have settled and whatever languages they spoke, they created a community with a single set of common values. One law, one theology defined the community throughout their many migrations. A single book explains how this came about-the Talmud. Renowned scholar Jacob Neusner introduces readers to the Talmud, defining it, explaining its historical context, and illustrating why it remains relevant today.
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He is also a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and Life Member of Clare Hall at Cambridge University, England. He has published numerous books with University Press of America on Jewish studies, particularly Rabbinic Judaism.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Chapter 1. History: The World in Which the Talmud Came Into Being Part 3 Chapter 2. What is the Mishnah? Part 4 Chapter 3. What is the Gemara? Part 5 Chapter 4. The Two Talmuds Part 6 Chapter 5. How Is the Talmud Part of the Torah? Part 7 Chapter 6. How is the Sage Part of the Torah? Part 8 Chapter 7. How Does the Talmud Present God? Part 9 Glossary Part 10 Sources of Rabbinic Texts Part 11 Index Part 12 About the Author