Rational Rabbis

Rational Rabbis

Science and Talmudic Culture
Menachem Fisch
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/1/1997
Format: cloth 288 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-33316-2
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“ . . . a fascinating and thought-provoking book . . . “ —The Jewish Quarterly

“The best introduction to the talmudic literature that is available. . . . An extraordinarily important book, brilliant, and lucid.” —Daniel Boyarin

“Menachem Fisch has written a rich, thoughtful book. One will come away from Rational Rabbis with a deeper understanding of just what the Talmud is.” —Hilary Putnam

Talmudic culture is often viewed as bound by its traditions. Menachem Fisch maintains that a close reading of talmudic texts frequently reveals their authors as rabbis who, rather than conform uncritically to tradition, knowingly set out to expose and resolve problems inherent in the received traditions.

Author Bio

Menachem Fisch is Senior Lecturer in the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University, and Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, Jerusalem. He is author of William Whewell, Philosopher of Science and co-editor (with Simon Schaffer) of William Whewell : A Composite Portrait.

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