From Joshua's list on Jewish history.
The collection of essay on the Talmud and early rabbinic literature is part of the immense “Companion” series that Cambridge University Press has been bringing out for some time. I have read their volume on baseball and the Beatles and one or two more. Each one of the essays in the Talmud volume is astonishingly insightful and, not always concomitant, a delight to read. These are not the usual words associated with the Talmud. In short, I enjoyed it immensely.
Why should I read it?
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What is this book about?
This volume introduces students of rabbinic literature to the range of historical and interpretative questions surrounding the rabbinic texts of late antiquity. The editors, themselves well-known interpreters of Rabbinic literature, have gathered an international collection of scholars to support students' initial steps in confronting the enormous and complex rabbinic corpus. Unlike other introductions to Rabbinic writings, the present volume includes approaches shaped by anthropology, gender studies, oral-traditional studies, classics, and folklore studies.