Rabbi in Classical Judaism
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All attempts to describe the rabbi—the religious virtuoso of ancient Judaism—must begin with the nature of the sources and, first and foremost, with the recognition that virtually all of our information about these figures comes from documents formulated, written, and redacted within their own circles (fig. 127). Fashioned and molded by rabbis, these texts constitute the material remains of Rabbinic Judaism and are the primary evidence for its existence. A precise understanding of Rabbinic textu…

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Green, William Scott, “Rabbi in Classical Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 12 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_DUM_0010>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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