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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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Exempla: Who Is a Rabbi?

Exempla: Who Is a Rabbi?

7 Exempla: Who Is a Rabbi?
Stories of the Law

Moshe Simon-Shoshan

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the exemplum, one of the main genres of Mishnaic story. The first part of the chapter surveys a number of theoretical and historiographical models for the functioning of religious authority and considers their relationship to the rabbinic heroes of the Mishnah. The second half of the chapter consists of close readings of exempla in light of the findings of the first half. A series of stories found in the second chapter of Mishnah Sukkah, as well as the famous story of Honi Hame‘agel are considered for the ways in which they serve to construct and de-construct the figure of the rabbi as halakhic authority.

Keywords:   exempla/exemplum, authority, sukkah, honi

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