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Title: Creation and Composition: The Contribution of the Bavli Redactors (Stammaim) to the Aggada
Author: Rubenstein, Jeffrey L (ed)
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2005
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783161486920
Volumes: 1; Pages: viii, 458
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The contributors to this book analyze how the redactors of the Talmud transformed and reworked earlier aggadic (non-legal) traditions. Critical study of the Babylonian Talmud is founded on the distinction between two literary strata: traditions attributed to named sages (the Amoraim, c. 200-450 C.E.) and setam hatalmud, the unattributed or anonymous material. The conclusion of modern scholars is that the anonymous stratum postdates the Amoraic stratum and should be attributed to the Talmudic redactors, also known as Stammaim (c. 450-700 C.E..) The contribution of the Stammaim to the aggadic (non-legal) portions of the Talmud--to midrash, narratives, ethics and theology--has received minimal scholarly attention. The articles in this book demonstrate that the Stammaim made a profound contribution to the aggadic portions of the Babylonian Talmud and illustrate the processes by which they created and composed many aggadic traditions.