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Rabbinic Judaism in the Making

The Halakhah from Ezra to Judah I

Alexander Guttmann

Jewish Studies, Jewish Thought

Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344026
Pages: 344 Size: 6 x 9
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344019

Through the ages, theology in Judaism has played roles of varying importance. But the role of theology is minor compared with that of law and observance. This book is devoted to a study of the evolution of normative Judaism from the time of Ezra (ca. 400 B.C.) to Judah I, the Prince (ca. 200 A.D.). Its focus on law represents a realistic approach to the history of applied Judaism.

Rabbinic Judaism in the Making is the first study in English to trace the evolution of Rabbinic Law and Rabbinic Judaism. A concise history of post-biblical normative Judaism in antiquity, Mr. Guttmann’s book concentrates on the crucial inter-testamental period, and should be valuable to students of ancient history, and both Christian and Jewish theologians, ministers, and rabbis.

Alexander Guttmann is professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. He attended the University of Budapest, the University of Berlin, the Jewish Theological Seminary of Budapest, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Breslau. Professor Guttmann has published articles in the Hebrew Union College Annual and the Jewish Quarterly Review.