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The Wisdom of the Talmud

by Ben Zion Bokser


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This is a fairly up-to-date and highly readable introduction to the Talmud, the age-old storehouse of Jewish wisdom. Bokser covers the long history of the Talmud, from its origin in the Babylonian exile, its growth through the five centuries after the Roman destruction of the Temple, and the later persecution of the Talmud. The book covers a number of high-level topics, including social ethics and personal morality, with numerous examples from the Talmud. --J.B. Hare, 1/3/2009.

Title Page
Table of Contents
The Talmud as Literature
The Forerunners of the Talmud
The Talmud in its Historical Setting
The Theological Elements in the Talmud
Social Ethics in the Talmud
Personal Morality in the Talmud
The Jurisprudence of the Talmud
Human Wisdom in the Talmud