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The Land of Truth : Talmud Tales, Timeless Teachings - Jeffrey L. Rubenstein

The Land of Truth

Talmud Tales, Timeless Teachings

Paperback Published: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 9780827613089
Number Of Pages: 328

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Making the rich narrative world of Talmud tales fully accessible to modern readers, renowned Talmud scholar Jeffrey L. Rubenstein turns his spotlight on both famous and little-known stories, analyzing the tales in their original contexts, exploring their cultural meanings and literary artistry, and illuminating their relevance.

Delving into both rabbinic life (the academy, master-disciple relationships) and Jewish life under Roman and Persian rule (persecution, taxation, marketplaces), Rubenstein explains how storytellers used irony, wordplay, figurative language, and other art forms to communicate their intended messages. Each close reading demonstrates the story’s continuing relevance through the generations into modernity. For example, the story “Showdown in Court,” a confrontation between King Yannai and the Rabbinic judges, provides insights into controversial struggles in U.S. history to balance governmental power; the story of Honi’s seventy-year sleep becomes a window into the indignities of aging. Through the prism of Talmud tales, Rubenstein also offers timeless insights into suffering, beauty, disgust, heroism, humor, love, sex, truth, and falsehood. By connecting twenty-first-century readers to past generations, The Land of Truth helps to bridge the divide between modern Jews and the traditional narrative worlds of their ancestors.

Industry Reviews

"Rubenstein is arguably the leading scholar in the world on Rabbinic stories. In this original book for a popular audience he takes that scholarship into new arenas by relating the stories to issues in our time and explicating the stories within their original contexts."-Barry W. Holtz, Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary -- Barry W. Holtz
"Talmud stories are valuable repositories of meaning for anyone who desires a deeper connection to the past. Yet today's readers are at a lengthy remove from this rhetorically technical, often inaccessible world. A master teacher is necessary to guide us toward understanding the text. That is the strength and value of Rubenstein's volume: opening up to modern readers a heretofore closed text."-Beth Kissileff, author of Reading Genesis: Beginnings -- Beth Kissileff

Acknowledgements Introduction: Of Stones and Stories

Part 1: The Human Condition Chapter 1: The Surreal Sleeper Chapter 2: What to do with an Aged (and Annoying) Mother? Chapter 3: Forbidden Fruit, or How Not to Seduce Your Husband Chapter 4: Men are from Babylonia, Women are from the Land of Israel Chapter 5: Sufferings! Not Them and Not Their Reward!

Part 2: Virtue, Character, and the Life of Piety Chapter 6: The Ugly Vessel Chapter 7: An Arrow in the Eye of Satan Chapter 8: The Land of Truth Chapter 9: Torah for Richer and Poorer Chapter 10: Heroism and Humor

Part 3: The Individual, Society, and Power Chapter 11: Showdown in Court Chapter 12: Alexander the Great and the Faraway King Chapter 13: The Carpenter and His Apprentice Chapter 14: Standing on One Leg

Bibliography Index by Subject Index by Biblical and Rabbinic Sources

ISBN: 9780827613089
ISBN-10: 0827613083
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st November 2018
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45

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