An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law

Synopsis

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 this volume, 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 are written 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 substantive law (especially in family law).

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Daniela Piattelli
  • Bernard S. Jackson
  • Michael Corinaldi
  • Joseph MÉlÉze Modrzejewski
  • Peretz Segal
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 1996