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Exploring Ta`aniot
Yerushalmi, Tractate Ta`anit - Forming and Redacting the Traditions
By Nurit Beeri
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The Yerushalmi Talmud continues to be one of the most important and most neglected books on the Jewish bookshelf. The book ``Exploring Ta`aniot`` examines one of its tractates from a literary point of view. Based on the assumption that the Yerushalmi Talmud, as we know it, is a result of a redacting process, this study analyses the characteristics of this process.
The book comprises two parts: Chapters 1-3 deal with the voices heard in the Talmudic tradition, and the remaining chapters delve into the redaction itself.
The first chapter focuses on the sayings of the amoraim according to their generations. It describes a connection between the language they used and the subjects they dealt with, in a process of changes from Mishnaic Hebrew in the first two generations to the mixture of languages, dominated by Syrian Aramaic, in the last two generations.
The two voices examined in chapters 2 and 3 are anonymous. The author tries to distinguish between the voice inherent to any given tradition (the voice of its transmitter) and the voice dealing with the relation between different traditions. The second voice is known as the stammaic voice. It is the voice of those whose function is to compare and organize the traditions (i.e. the Redactors).
The second part of the book deals with two stages of the redacting process – the redaction of the sequence and that of the sugiyah. The first stage (described in chapter 4) contains the formation of the different sequences. Two distinguished trends are recognized in the process - a unifying trend (active, creative, forming or actually changing traditions) and a conservative-passive trend, in which the redactors are content to simply arrange the traditions in a certain order.
The fifth chapter deals with the redaction of the sugiyah. The redactors attach to the Mishnah (and after it to each other), traditions, collection of traditions and sequences, according to gradual order of detachment (in a substantial and technical sense) from the Mishnah. This chapter presents a look into some complex and unusual sugiyot, and explains their deviation from the typical detachment model. The book concludes with a discussion of the parallel sugiyot, revealing how the basic detachment model of the sugiyah can help in identifying parallel sugiyot that were fixed in their secondary place as early as the original formation of the sugiyah.

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Danacode: 110-20141
ISBN: 978-965-226-357-5
Categories: Talmud and Rabbinic Literature Jewish History Hebrew eBooks
Published: July 2009
Edition: First
Language: Hebrew
17x24 cm
925 gr
436 pages

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Brill- Journal for study of Judaism VOL 43 (2012)
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