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Author Alexander, Elizabeth Shanks, 1967-

Title Transmitting Mishnah : the shaping influence of oral tradition / Elizabeth Shanks Alexander.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  296.12306 ALEX    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 246 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-235) and index.
Contents 1. Mishnaic textuality -- 2. The scripturalization of Mishnah -- 3. Modes of legal analysis in the Mishnah -- 4. The cultivation of an analytic habit and its impact on Mishnaic exegesis.
Summary "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 recently burgeoning field of orality studies, Elizabeth Shanks Alexander develops a model of transmission that is both active and constructive. Proceeding by means of intensive readings of passages from tractate Shevuot and its Talmudic commentaries, Alexander alerts us to the fact that transmitters and handlers of mishnaic text crafted both the vagaries of expression and its received meanings. She illustrates how the authority of the Mishnah grew as the result of the sustained attention of a devoted community of readers and students. She also identifies the study practices and habits of analysis that were cultivated by oral performance and shows how they were passed on in tandem with the verbal contents of the Mishnah, thereby influencing how the text was received and understood."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Mishnah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Mishnah. Shevuʻot -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Tradition (Judaism)
Oral communication -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Jewish law -- Interpretation and construction -- History -- To 1500.
ISBN 0521857503 (hardcover)
Standard Number 9780521857505