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Stories of the Law: Narrative Discourse and the Construction of Authority in the Mishnah

Moshe Simon-Shoshan


Stories of the Law deals with the question of the relationship between law and narrative in the Mishna, the early century rabbinic legal text. It argues that despite the limited number of stories in the Mishnah, “narrative” and “narrativity” are central categories not only regarding the Mishnna’s characteristics as a literary document but also for understanding the legal theory that underlies the Mishnah. Through the close reading of numerous mishnaic stories, the author demonstrates that stories are crucial to the Mishnah’s efforts to construct the rabbis as the sole legitimate source of lega ... More

Keywords: mishnah, rabbinic literature, law and narrative, narrative theory, legal authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199773732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moshe Simon-Shoshan, author
Rothberg School for Overseas Students, Hebrew University