Grains of Truth: Reading Tractate Menachot of the Babylonian Talmud Joshua A Fogel

ISBN: 9781306315432

Published: March 25th 2014

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393 pages


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Grains of Truth: Reading Tractate Menachot of the Babylonian Talmud  by  Joshua A Fogel

Grains of Truth: Reading Tractate Menachot of the Babylonian Talmud by Joshua A Fogel
March 25th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 393 pages | ISBN: 9781306315432 | 8.26 Mb

Following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., Judaism faced a serious crossroads. The rabbis of late antiquity spent the next few centuries immersed in extensive debates in an effort to create an ethical and practical basis for aMoreFollowing the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., Judaism faced a serious crossroads. The rabbis of late antiquity spent the next few centuries immersed in extensive debates in an effort to create an ethical and practical basis for a Torah-based faith.

Their discussions constitute the bulk of what we know as the Talmud. This collection is not only massive- it is forbidding difficult, having accumulated numerous commentaries over the centuries since it first appeared. Recent translations have made it somewhat more accessible to English-language readers, but textual difficulties remain.

This volume looks at tractate Menachot (grain offerings), which is concerned mostly with grain offered at the Temple (when it stood) to atone for various misdeeds. Joshua A. Fogel approaches the text, page by page, commenting with doses of humor and comparisons in a manner meant to explain and humanize the text for contemporary readers.



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