March 26, 2019

A Biography of the Talmud

“From the waters of Babylon to the modern page-a-day study practice of Daf Yomi, the Talmud has kept Jewish minds engaged over millennia. Now a new book gives the ancient transcription of Judaism’s Oral Law the same kind of in-depth treatment that its long-ago rabbinic writers once applied to legal and cultural issues.

“The Talmud is an extremely rigorous, analytical, challenging discourse,” said professor Barry Scott Wimpfheimer, author of “The Talmud: A Biography.” The Northwestern University professor brings almost three decades’ worth of study to bear on the subject.”

“One of the things I’m trying to do is give a sense of what advanced study of the Talmud is, done by some of the great minds in Jewish history, who spent their entire lives studying the corpus,” said Wimpfheimer.

The book is published by Princeton University Press through its Lives of Great Religious Books series, whose past subjects have included works of diverse faiths, including Judaism (the Dead Sea Scrolls), Christianity (the Confessions of St. Augustine) and Islam (the Quran in English).”

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