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Author Halberstam, Chaya T., 1972-

Title Law and truth in biblical and rabbinic literature / Chaya T. Halberstam.

Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2009]


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 UniM Bail  296.18 HALB    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 224 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Stains of impurity -- 2. Signs of ownership -- 3. The impossibility of judgment -- 4. Theologies of justice -- 5. Objects of narrative.
Summary "Contrary to the belief that religious law is infallible, Chaya T. Halberstam shows that early rabbinic jurisprudence is characterized by fundamental uncertainty. She argues that while the Hebrew Bible created a sense of confidence and transparency before the law, the rabbis complicated paths to knowledge and undermined the stability of personal status and ownership, and notions of guilt or innocence. Examining the facts of legal judgments through midrashic discussions of the law and evidence, Halberstam reveals that rabbinic understandings of the law were riddled with doubt and challenged the possibility of true justice. This book thoroughly engages law, narrative, and theology to explicate rabbinic legal authority and its limits."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Jewish law -- Interpretation and construction.
Truth -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Rabbis -- Office.
Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9780253354112 (cloth : alk. paper)