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The oral Torah the sacred books of Judaism : an introduction by Jacob Neusner

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Published by Harper & Row in San Francisco .
Written in English


  • Mishnah -- Evidences, authority, etc,
  • Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism,
  • Tradition (Judaism)

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Edition Notes

StatementJacob Neusner.
LC ClassificationsBM497.8 .N485 1986
The Physical Object
Paginationxvii, 238 p. ;
Number of Pages238
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2550915M
ISBN 100060661038
LC Control Number85042788

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According to Rabbinic Judaism, the Oral Torah or Oral Law (תורה שבעל פה, Torah she-be-`al peh, lit. “ Torah that is on the mout h”) represents those laws, statutes, and legal interpretations that were not recorded in the Five Books of Moses, the “ Written Torah ” (תורה שבכתב, Torah she-bi-khtav, lit.   The Oral Torah is “mythological propaganda” “concocted by spiritual elders” “revealed only to an elite caste” and is “easily manipulated by people in power.” Promoters of the Oral Torah “are at best disingenuous; and in the worst case, flat-out deceptive and self-aggrandizing.”/5(7). Written Torah refers to the five books of Moses, usually taking the form of a sefer torah(torah scroll) or Chumash(book form of the first five books of Moses). Oral Torah refers to the word-of-mouth tradition of learning something. The idea is that God first spoke words to Moses, and then Moses responded. That’s what we call “the oral Torah,” which, contrary to popular misconception, preceded the written Torah. You could say, then, quite literally, that the fullest manifestation of that G‑dly wisdom we call Torah is not how it is written in a book, but how it exists in the minds of the people that received : Tzvi Freeman.

Jewish tradition says no. Despite the fact that we have printed versions of the Talmud and many other books as well, the Oral Torah is still oral at its essence. For one thing, it’s nearly impossible to master the logic and style of the Talmud without a real, live teacher. In their simplest form, the twenty-four books of the Jewish Bible – the Tanach – present a history of the first years from creation until the building of the second Temple in Jerusalem. The books also relate the history of the Jewish nation from its earliest stage, through the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, and until the end of the first commonwealth. The Torah consists of two parts, the Written Law and the Oral Law. The Written Law consists of the Five Books of Moses, the Prophets and the Writings {collectively called the “ Tanakh ” in Hebrew, which according to tradition is to be grouped as 24 Books}.   Torah (תּוֹרָה): Although Judaism has both a Written Torah and an Oral Torah, the term "Torah," meaning "to guide/teach" is used across the board to refer to the first five books of the greater Jewish canon known as Tanakh, which is an acronym for Author: Ariela Pelaia.

Torah (/ ˈ t ɔːr ə, ˈ t oʊ r ə /; Hebrew: תּוֹרָה, "Instruction", "Teaching" or "Law") has a range of can most specifically mean the first five books (Pentateuch or five books of Moses) of the 24 books of the Hebrew is commonly known as the Written can also mean the continued narrative from all the 24 books, from the Book of Genesis to the end of. Books of the Torah Genesis (Bereshit). Exodus (Shemot). Leviticus (Vayikra). Numbers (Bamidbar). Deuteronomy (D'varim).Author: Ariela Pelaia. Tohrahʹ often refers to the first five books of the Bible​ —Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These are also called the Pentateuch, from a Greek word meaning “fivefold volume.” The Torah was written by Moses, so it is called “the book of the Law of Moses.”. The Written and Oral Torah By Nathan Lopes Cardozo In The Written and Oral Torah: A Comprehensive Introduction, Rabbi Dr. Cardozo offers those interested in Jewish tradition an explanation of and basic insight into Judaism’s classical sources.