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Bestiary, Rabbinic
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There is no single bestiary-code in Rabbinic Judaism, but we find two distinct ways of thinking and speaking about animals, as about much else. One is Halakhic and deals with norms of action, law; the other is Aggadic and addresses norms of attitude, theological narrative. These two distinct realms of thought and speech on the same subject yield lessons of two separate classifications of the order of nat…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Bestiary, Rabbinic”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0017>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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