Argues that the rabbis of late antiquity, in the normative law set forth in the Mishnah-Tosefta-Yerushalmi-Bavli, liberated Israelite women by according them what Scripture had denied: the standing and powers of sentient beings; a role in critical transactions of their existence that, if not entirely equal to that of men, at least corresponded to it; and agency and intentionality. Few bibliographic references. No index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Four False Propositions from His "Reference Guide"
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: University of South Florida
Neusner continues his criticism of recent scholarship on Judaism, naming names and addressing their work chapter and verse. Here he takes on Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's 1989 The Talmud. The Steinsaltz Edition. A Reference Guide. He find misrepresentations that the Talmud has no formal external order, deals with all possible subjects in the world, is not written in a systematic fashion, and has an associative structure. No index or bibliography. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Presented as a graphical exegesis. Neusner (religious studies, U. of South Florida) offers an outline form of a previous translation by Tzvee Zahavy, intending to thereby show how the Talmud is structured as an orderly and rational document. The author's own actual commentary is limited to a preface