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Tales of the NeighborhoodJewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity$
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Galit Hasan-Rokem

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234536

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234536.001.0001

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Erecting the Fence

Erecting the Fence

Texts, Contexts, Theories, and Strategies

Chapter:
(p.1) ONE Erecting the Fence
Source:
Tales of the Neighborhood
Author(s):

Galit Hasan-Rokem

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234536.003.0001

This book aims to explore the ways in which readers can learn something about the relationship between literature and the reality in Late Antique Jewish culture by reading the texts that are known as Rabbinic literature, the Talmud and the Midrash. The narrative dialogue is an analytical tool devised to explore the transport of cultural goods in terms that stretch the linear and dichotomous models of thought lying behind the concept of influence. Dialogues may assume various emotional and intellectual tones. They may display conflict, fear, adversity, and even hatred, and they may also breathe common heritage, shared interests, friendship, tolerance, and solidarity. Approaching the text as a dialogue, and in dialogue, maximizes its character as a communicative process in situ.

Keywords:   Rabbinic literature, Talmud, Midrash, dialogues, adversity

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