Judaism's Story of Creation: Scripture, Halakhah, Aggadah

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BRILL, 2000 - 296 páginas
During the formative age of Judaism, the first seven centuries CE, the great rabbis thought deeply about beginnings in light of endings. They imposed upon their sequential reading of each passage the accumulated results of their reflection about all passages. Thus, they encompassed Scripture, so as to describe the world as God had intended it to be. This act of intellect resulted in two distinct, ahistorical media of thought and expression, the Halakhah, law, and Aggadah, lore. The author provides three systematic accounts of the Halakhic reading, and two Aggadic accounts. The Halakhic accounts cover [1] Work and Rest, [2] Ownership and Possession, Eden and the Land, and [3] Ownership and Possession in the Household. The Aggadic accounts pertain to [1] the Six Days of Creation, and [2] Adam and Eve.

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IN THE BEGINNING
21
The Two Perspectives Halakhic and Aggadic
48
2 OWNERSHIP
81
3 OWNERSHIP
121
Genesis Rabbah
169
Genesis Rabbah on the Seventh of Repose
213
2 ADAM AND EVE
219
AGGADIC RECONFIGURATION OF SCRIPTURE
265
Aggadic Exteriority Halakhic Interiority
279
General Index
285
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Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College. Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England.

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