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The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism - David Kraemer

The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism

Hardcover Published: 23rd September 1999
ISBN: 9780415211833
Number Of Pages: 192

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There are many books devoted to explicating Jewish laws and customs relating to death and mourning and a wealth of studies addressing the significance of death practices around the world. However, never before has there been a study of the death and mourning practices of the founders of Judaism - the Rabbis of late antiquity. The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism fills that gap.
The author examines the earliest canonical texts - the Mishnah, the Tosefta, the Midrashim and the Talmud of the Land of Israel. He outlines the rituals described in these texts, from preparation for death to reburial of bones and the end of mourning. David Kraemer explores the relationships between the texts and interprets the rituals to uncover the beliefs which informed their foundation. He discusses the material evidence preserved in the largest Jewish burial complex in antiquity - the catacombs at Beth Shearim. Finally, the author offers an interpretation of the Rabbis' interpretations of death rituals - those recorded in the Babylonian Talmud.
The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism provides a comprehensive and illuminating introduction to the formation, practice and significance of death rituals in Rabbinic Judaism.

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"This book is valuable for scholars of rabbinics, the history of Judaism and comparative study of death and mourning.."-"Journal of Religion, Jonathan ul Schofer. ..."this is a pioneering work in its utilization of the documentary history of ideas of Judaism, and a solid achievement."-"National Jewish Post and Opinion, April 5, 2000

List of illustrationsp. vii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Glossaryp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xi
The presence of deathp. 1
Jewish death customs before the rabbisp. 14
Early rabbinic death-practices: The evidence of the Mishnahp. 23
Early expansions and commentaries: The testimony of the Tosefta and Tannaitic Midrashimp. 36
Jewish death-practices in reality: The catacombs at Beth Shearimp. 48
Jewish death-practices in early Byzantine Palestine: The Yerushalmi and Aggadic Midrashimp. 72
Law as commentary: The Bavli on death and burialp. 95
The Bavli interprets the mournerp. 117
Post-Talmudic developments in Jewish death-practicep. 133
A personal theological postscriptp. 142
Notesp. 150
Referencesp. 160
Indexp. 164
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ISBN: 9780415211833
ISBN-10: 0415211832
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23rd September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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