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Six memos from the last millennium : a novelist reads the Talmud, by Joseph Skibell

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Six memos from the last millennium : a novelist reads the Talmud
Title
Six memos from the last millennium
Title remainder
a novelist reads the Talmud
Statement of responsibility
by Joseph Skibell
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A thief-turned-saint, killed by an insult. A rabbi burning down his world in order to save it. A man who lost his sanity while trying to fathom the origin of the universe. A beautiful woman battling her brother's and her husband's egos to preserve their family. Stories such as these enliven the pages of the Talmud, the great repository of ancient wisdom that is one of the sacred texts of the Jewish people. Comprised of the Mishnah, the oral law of the Torah, and the Gemara, a multigenerational metacommentary on the Mishnah dating from between 3950 and 4235 (190 and 475 CE), the Talmud presents a formidable challenge to understand without scholarly training and study. But what if one approaches it as a collection of tales with surprising relevance for contemporary readers? In Six Memos from the Last Millennium, critically acclaimed novelist Joseph Skibell reads some of the Talmud's tales with a storyteller's insight, concentrating on the lives of the legendary rabbis depicted in its pages to uncover the wisdom they can still impart to our modern age. He unifies strands of stories that are scattered throughout the Talmud into coherent narratives or "memos," which he then analyzes and interprets from his perspective as a novelist. In Skibell's imaginative and personal readings, this sacred literature frequently defies our conventional notions of piety. Sometimes wild, rude, and even bawdy, these memos from the last millennium pursue a livable transcendence, a way of fusing the mundane hours of earthly life with a cosmic sense of holiness and wonder
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Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
TxU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skibell, Joseph
Dewey number
  • 296.1/20092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
LC call number
BM501.15
LC item number
.S55 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Exploring jewish arts and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Talmud
  • Tannaim
  • Amoraim
Label
Six memos from the last millennium : a novelist reads the Talmud, by Joseph Skibell
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Publication
Bar code
31223116608036
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A novelist reads the Talmud : an introduction -- Timeline of relevant events, according to rabbinic tradition -- Memo one. Rabbi Yohanan and Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish -- Eros and alchemy in the waters of the Jordan -- Memo two. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai -- Turning the hearts of fathers -- Memo three a, b, and c. Rabbi Elazar ben Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Pinhas ben Yair, and Rabbi Judah ben Gerim -- Towards the hearts of sons -- Memo four. Rabban Gamliel II of Yavneh, Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah, and Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus -- The gate of a broken heart -- Memo five. Rabbi Akiva, Shimon ben Azzai, Shimon ben Zoma, and Elisha ben Avuyah -- Revelation, retribution, perdition, ecstasy, and bliss : an epic canvas
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 240 pages
Isbn
9781477307342
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015020373
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
24 cm.
System control number
  • 911004597
  • (OCoLC)911004597
Label
Six memos from the last millennium : a novelist reads the Talmud, by Joseph Skibell
Publication
Bar code
31223116608036
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A novelist reads the Talmud : an introduction -- Timeline of relevant events, according to rabbinic tradition -- Memo one. Rabbi Yohanan and Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish -- Eros and alchemy in the waters of the Jordan -- Memo two. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai -- Turning the hearts of fathers -- Memo three a, b, and c. Rabbi Elazar ben Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Pinhas ben Yair, and Rabbi Judah ben Gerim -- Towards the hearts of sons -- Memo four. Rabban Gamliel II of Yavneh, Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah, and Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus -- The gate of a broken heart -- Memo five. Rabbi Akiva, Shimon ben Azzai, Shimon ben Zoma, and Elisha ben Avuyah -- Revelation, retribution, perdition, ecstasy, and bliss : an epic canvas
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 240 pages
Isbn
9781477307342
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015020373
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
24 cm.
System control number
  • 911004597
  • (OCoLC)911004597

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