• A New Reading of the Three Dialogues in Mishnah Avodah Zarah

    Author(s):
    Amit Gvaryahu (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Subject(s):
    Ancient Mediterranean religions, Talmud, Midrash, and Rabbinics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6XR50
    Abstract:
    This paper is an attempt to understand the construction and redaction of tractate Avodah Zarah through the study of these dialogue-stories and their context. It will demonstrate sensitivity to genre and aesthetics in exploring questions of higher criticism. Additionally, I explicate the role of the dialogues as a stylistic and rhetorical device in the shaping of tractate Avodah Zarah. This will be a three-fold process. First, I read the dialogues as “stories.” Next, I examine them in light of the collections of mishnayot into which they are embedded. Finally, I present a reevaluation of the place of these dialogues in the overall textual structure of the tractate.
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