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Transmitting Mishnah : the shaping influence of oral tradition

Author: Elizabeth Shanks Alexander
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Departing from the conventional view of mishnaic transmission as mindless rote memorization, Transmitting Mishnah reveals how multifaceted the process of passing on oral tradition was in antiquity. Taking advantage of the burgeoning field of orality studies, Elizabeth Shanks Alexander has developed a model of transmission that is both active and constructive. Proceeding by means of intensive readings of passages  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Shanks Alexander
ISBN: 9780521104623 0521104629 0521857503 9780521857505
OCLC Number: 286427509
Description: xvi, 246 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. The oral conceptual lens ; Caveats to the theory of oral composition ; The literary and the oral in Mishnah ; The theory of textual corruption ; The present study ; A brief introduction to the tractate of oaths and other technical terminology --
Mishnaic textuality. Sharing an overarching structural framework: M. Shev. 5:4-5 and T. Shev. 2:16 ; Fixed phrases in common: M. Shev. 7:1-7 and T. Shev. 6:1-4 ;Shared underlying conceptual concerns: M. Shve. 3:4 and T. Shev. 2:1-2 --
The scripturalization of Mishnah. Using the Talmudic commentaries ; Omnisigificance, atonization, and a narrow exegetical focus. The Yerushalmi on M. Shev. 3:1 ; The Bavli on M. Shev. 3:1 ; Ascribing increasingly intense degrees of authorial intention. The Yerushalimi on M. Shev. 3:8 ; The Bavli on M. Shev. 3:2-3 --
The modes of legal analysis in the Mishnah. The casuistic form in biblical and ancient Near Eastern codes ; Basic casuistic form: using particular cases to illustrate general rules ; The series of related cases: an exercise in compare and contrast ; Improbably cases: exploring how different legal principles interact ; Borderline cases and disputes: fleshing out legal ambiguities --
The cultivation of an analytic habit and its impact on Mishnaic exegesis.Pedagogical uses of borderline cases ; The unsolvable problem ; Using borderline cases to understand disagreements ; Borderline cases in Mishnaic exegesis ; An extended exercise in probing Mishnaic ambiguity.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Shanks Alexander.
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Departing from the conventional view of mishnaic transmission as mindless rote memorisation, Transmitting Mishnah, first published in 2006, reveals how multifaceted the process of passing on oral  Read more...

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