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Pirqé Abot
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Tractate Abot, conventionally dated at ca. 250 c.e., 1 forms a melancholy meditation on the human condition of the individual Israelite. Corporate Israel and its historical fate never frame the issue. The problem facing the framer of the document—provoked by the logic of monotheism—is succinctly stated: “We do not have in hand an explanation either for the prosperity of the wicked or for the suffering of the righteous” (4:15). The resolution of the paradox of palpable injustice—the prosperity of the wic…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Pirqé Abot”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_DUM_0009>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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