The En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib's Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus

The En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib's Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus

After his expulsion from Spain in 1492, Jacob ibn Habib created the En Yaaqov, a set of Talmudic aggadah (non-legal material), by means of elimination the vast majority of the Talmud's felony parts yet keeping the bankruptcy order of the rest fabric and including his personal advent and working remark. within the En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib's look for religion within the Talmudic Corpus writer Marjorie Lehman argues that the En Yaaqov's anthologizer, Jacob ibn Habib, purposely sought to create a Talmud "look-alike" so as to end up that Judaism's foundational felony tract may be obvious as a theological record. through contemplating the criteria that motivated ibn Habib, Lehman argues that his En Yaaqov used to be a response to the way in which that the Talmud used to be perceived and studied in the course of the overdue medieval interval between Spanish Jewry.

In 4 chapters, Lehman explores the 1st published version of the En Yaaqov, delving into the highbrow tradition and theological intricacies surrounding its production and elaborating at the contributions of the En Yaaqov to the advance of religion. bankruptcy 1 considers the political turmoil and demanding situations of resettlement that ibn Habib encountered after expulsion and that brought on him to supply the En Yaaqov. bankruptcy 2 makes a speciality of the highbrow framework in which ibn Habib's perspective towards Talmudic aggadah constructed and explains why few operating commentaries at the aggadot of the Talmud existed sooner than his paintings. bankruptcy three discusses ibn Habib's editorial judgements in opting for to build the En Yaaqov as a Talmud "look-alike." In bankruptcy four, Lehman analyzes key passages in ibn Habib's statement to the En Yaaqov to check how he built-in textual content and context to supply a source that Jews may possibly make the most of for religious development and continuity of religion. In her end, Lehman addresses the evolving printing historical past of the gathering, which was once really various from that of the Talmud.

Lehman argues that ibn Habib's stories as a Spanish Jew who used to be compelled to escape Spain brought on him to make judgements not just approximately how the Talmud may be studied within the identify of religious recovery but in addition approximately how Jews may live to tell the tale destiny expulsions by way of cultivating a sustainable devoted dating with God. This insightfully researched e-book might be informative to students of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, late-medieval highbrow background and tradition, Sephardic background, and the heritage of the Jewish ebook in addition to to readers attracted to the still-popular En Yaaqov.

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