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An introduction to the history and sources of Jewish law
Hecht, Neil S.
Publication Information:
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1996]

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xvii, 466 pages ; 24 cm.
Biblical law / Jewish law during the second Temple period / Samaritan Halakhah / Jewish law and Hellenistic legal practice in thelight of Greek papyri from Egypt / Jewish law during the Tannaitic period / Jewish and Roman jurisdiction / Age of the Talmud / Halakhah and law in the period of the geonim / Karaite Halakhah / Jewish law in Spain and the Halakhic activity of its scholars before 1300 rEliav Shochetman -- Ashkenazim to 1300 / Toward sunrise in the East 1300-1565 / Jewish law from the Shulḥan Arukh to the enlightenment / Modern responsa : 1800 to the present / Jewish law in the State of Israel / Judicial process and the nature of Jewish law
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1440 Lexile.
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Jewish law has a history stretching from the early period to the modern State of Israel, encompassing the Talmud, Geonic and later codifications, the Spanish Golden Age, medieval and modern response, the Holocaust and modern reforms. Fifteen distinct periods are separately studied in thisvolume, each one by a leading specialist, and the emphasis throughout is on the development of the institutions and sources of the law, providing teachers with the essential background material from which a variety of sources, from many different perspectives, may be taught. Most chapters arewritten to a common plan, with treatment of the political background of the period and the nature of Jewish judicial autonomy, the character (literary and legal) of the sources, the legal practice of the period, its principal authorities, and examples of characteristic features of the substantivelaw (especially in family law).

Author Notes

B.S. Jackson is Queen Victoria Professor of Law at Liverpool University. S.M. Passamaneck is Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Hebrew Union College at The Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Alfredo Rabello is Professor of Comparative Law and Legal History and Director of the SacherInstitute of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xv
1 Biblical Lawp. 1
Bibliographyp. 15
2 Jewish Law During the Second Temple Period*p. 19
6 Bibliographyp. 51
Notesp. 52
3 Samaritan Halakhahp. 57
Bibliographyp. 71
Notesp. 72
4 Jewish Law and Hellenistic Legal Practice in the LIght of Greek Papyri from Egyptp. 75
Notesp. 91
8 Selective Bibliographyp. 91
5 Jewish Law During the Tannaitic Periodp. 101
7 Bibliographyp. 139
6 Jewish and Roman Jurisdictionp. 141
8 Bibliographyp. 158
Notesp. 160
7 The Age of the Talmudp. 169
6 Bibliographyp. 194
8 Halakhah and Law in the Period of the Geonimp. 197
9 Bibliographyp. 242
Notesp. 244
9 Karaite Halakhahp. 251
8 Bibliographyp. 266
Notesp. 266
10 Jewish Law in Spain and the Halakhic Activity of Its Scholars Before 1300p. 271
7 Bibliographyp. 298
11 Ashkenazim to 1300p. 299
6 Bibliographyp. 321
12 Toward Sunrise in the East 1300-1565p. 323
7 Bibliographyp. 353
Notesp. 355
13 Jewish Law from the Shul1f24an Arukh to the Enlightenmentp. 359
6 Bibliographyp. 376
14 Modern Responsa: 1800 to the Presentp. 379
5 Selected Bibliographyp. 394
15 Jewish Law in the State of Israelp. 397
Bibliographyp. 417
Notesp. 418
16 Postscript: the Judicial Process and the Nature of Jewish Lawp. 421
Notesp. 435
Index of Sourcesp. 439
Indexp. 457