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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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Peeping through a Hole

Peeping through a Hole

Comparing and Borrowing

(p.28) TWO Peeping through a Hole
Tales of the Neighborhood

Galit Hasan-Rokem

University of California Press

There is a certain Babylonian tale that tells about a woman who was wont to heat her oven and let her neighbors use it. When Droqart, the town where she lived in the great Rav Huna's vicinity, was afflicted by fire, it was by her merit, not the Rabbi's, as many mistakenly thought, that their neighborhood was spared. This chapter discusses the Babylonian Talmud, where this tale appears. The Babylonian Talmud is the greatest single document of Rabbinic literature of Late Antiquity and constitutes an impressive document of what this book claims to be the ethnographic character of Rabbinic literature in general. This ethnographic interest of the Rabbis motivated the peculiar way they conducted their ongoing textual project of several generations.

Keywords:   Babylonian, Rav Huna, Rabbis, Hebrew Bible, generation

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