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The Spirits Behind the Law: The Talmudic Scholars



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The scholars of the Talmud and Midrash had an immeasurable impact on Judaism. Throughout centuries of Jewish history, students of Jewish law have tried to understand the meaning and application of their words. It is important to know who these scholars were who made, and continue to make, such a significant impact on Jewish life. This work portrays fifteen of these scholars based on the stories of their lives that appear in the Talmudic and midrashic traditions. By weaving the original accounts together with insightful analysis, the writer provides a human portrait of these great masters while remaining faithful to the poetry of the original narratives.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Rabbi Akivap. 13
Bar Kapparap. 24
Rabbi Elazar Ben Rabbi Shimonp. 29
Rabbi Eliezer Ben Hyrcanusp. 38
Elisha Ben Avuyahp. 49
Rabban Gamliel of Yavnehp. 55
Rabbi Hanina Ben Dosa and His Wifep. 66
Hillel the Elderp. 74
Rabbi Meirp. 79
Rav Papap. 86
Rava and Abayep. 92
Resh Lakishp. 97
Shmuelp. 103
Rav Zeirap. 110
History in the Aggadic Narrativesp. 115
Glossary of Hebrew Termsp. 121
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