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Theology in Rabbinic Stories
Theology in Rabbinic Stories
 
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Chaim Pearl

Publisher: Hendrickson


Rabbi Chaim Pearl (1919-1996) was a noted authority on Judaism. Besides producing a significant commentary on the first five books of the Bible, he wrote on Jewish knowledge, philosophy, and history.

Students of rabbinic literature usually distinguish between the legal content (halakhah) and the folkloric content (aggadah) of the Talmud and related writings. Aggadah are literary gems in their own right, but with the illumination added by Rabbi Pearl's comments they also provide a winsome and readable introduction to the theological and ethical thought of the sages and rabbis who told them. This volume is recommended not only for those who already know the rabbinic literature but especially for those who do not but are interested in exploring its riches.

"Christians and Jews can profit immensely from this delightful book of assorted theological vignettes. It provides fascinating rabbinic insight on the biblical text that will be valued by lay readers and biblical scholars alike. Pearl has mustered a rich treasury of theological and ethical themes rooted in the Jewish Scriptures and then further amplified through rabbinic thought. This work provides profound insights on the Jewish experience of God and his relation to the world. Pearl's Christian readership will have a deeper appreciation of the Jewish roots of Christianity and the impact that Jewish studies can have on the thought and life of today's church. I highly recommend this book for those who want to deepen their understanding of the biblical text."

—Marvin R. Wilson, Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Gordon College

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