The Evolution of Torah: a history of rabbinic literature

The Evolution of Torah: a history of rabbinic literature


Latest Episodes

5. The Talmud after the Talmud
November 19, 2019

How did the Babylonian Talmud become a fixed, closed book, the most influential one in the Jewish world? In this episode, we discuss the final layers of interpretation and editing that made it into the Talmud. We’ll also see how the influence of the...

4. Midrash: Making meaning
November 19, 2019

The Rabbis were not only interested in compiling and interpreting the Mishnah. In this episode, we look at some examples of Midrash, rabbinic interpretation of the Bible to derive both legal and narrative insights. We also hear how study of Midrash...

3. The Talmud(s): Creating Torah through dispute
November 19, 2019

Interpreting the Mishnah evolved into a creative process where pairs of Rabbis would argue with each other. In this episode, we discuss how these debates about interpretation developed into a primary component of the Babylonian Talmud and the...

2. The Mishnah: the earliest voices
November 19, 2019

The Mishnah is the foundational rabbinic text. How did it come to be? Who authored it? And what’s in it? In this episode, we look at an example of a mishnah and Rabbi Schwartz also gives an overview of the place of women in and around the Mishnah....

1. Who Were the Rabbis?
November 19, 2019

What led to the emergence of the group of scholars and teachers we call the Rabbis? What motivated them and what did they value? The Rabbis looked to their forebear, Hillel, as an exemplar of religious leadership, and in this episode, we’ll look at...