I read this book in preparation for a class on the four hundred silent years between the Old and New Testaments. Adler, speaking from a Rabbi’s viewpoint, explains how the Orthodox Jews see the “scripture” as opposed to the “oral traditions” which were eventually put in written form. It is interesting to learn how the Jews held the Scriptures in high regard and kept their teaching about it in oral and didactic form so that it would be kept distinct from the Bible. This was, however, gradually put in written form during the “Talmudic Period” after the time of Christ. The Rabbinic form of the teacher-pupil relationship is something from which we could probably learn much about doing discipleship. It was a unique read into an oft-neglected history.
The World of the Talmud
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