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Plato and the Talmud

Jacob Howland
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge [U.K.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Language
English
ISBN
9780521193139 (hardback), 0521193133 (hardback)
Related Resources
Cover image Table of contents only Publisher description Contributor biographical information
Summary
"This innovative study sees the relationship between Athens and Jerusalem through the lens of the Platonic dialogues and the Talmud. Howland argues that these texts are animated by comparable conceptions of the proper roles of inquiry and reasoned debate in religious life, and by a profound awareness of the limits of our understanding of things divine. Insightful readings of Plato's Apology, Euthyphro, and chapter three of tractate Taʻanit explore the relationship of prophets and philosophers, fathers and sons, and gods and men (among other themes), bringing to light the tension between rational inquiry and faith that is essential to the speeches and deeds of both Socrates and the Talmudic sages. In reflecting on the pedagogy of these texts, Howland shows in detail how Talmudic aggadah and Platonic drama and narrative speak to different sorts of readers in seeking mimetically to convey the living ethos of rabbinic Judaism and Socratic philosophizing"--
Contents
  • Introduction. Athens and Jerusalem
  • 1. Talmudic and Platonic writing
  • 2. Rabbis and holy men
  • 3. Prophets and philosophers
  • 4. Fathers and sons
  • 5. Words and deeds
  • 6. Gods and men
  • 7. Miracles and necessity
  • Epilogue. Tests and traditions.
Description
xi, 282 p. ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-269) and indexes.
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