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Stories of the LawNarrative Discourse and the Construction of Authority in the Mishnah$
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Moshe Simon-Shoshan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199773732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773732.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Stories of the Law

Moshe Simon-Shoshan

Oxford University Press

The introduction frames the basic problem of the study of the legal story in rabbinic literature, arguing that this genre complicates and undermines the distinction between halakhah and aggadah which has been central to the study of rabbinic texts for over a millennium. Tracing the history of the study of rabbinic stories from the early middle ages through the present day, this chapter argues for a new approach to rabbinic legal stories which considers these texts in both their literary and legal contexts. The chapter then goes on the outline the basic structure of the book and its chapters.

Keywords:   halakhah, aggadah, legal story

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