Fortress Press

Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash

Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash

Gunter Stemberger (Author), Herman L. Strack (Author), Markus Bockmuehl (Translator)


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Gunter Stemberger's revision of H. L. Strack's classic introduction to rabbinic literature, which appeared in its first English edition in 1991, was widely acclaimed.

Gunter Stemberger and Markus Bockmuehl have now produced this updated edition, which is a significant revision (completed in 1996) of the 1991 volume. Following Strack's original outline, Stemberger discusses first the historical framework, the basic principles of rabbinic literature and hermeneutics and the most important Rabbis. The main part of the book is devoted to the Talmudic and Midrashic literature in the light of contemporary rabbinic research. The appendix includes a new section on electronic resources for the study of the Talmud and Midrash.

The result is a comprehensive work of reference that no student of rabbinics can afford to be without.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800625245
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 488
  • Publication Date June 1, 1996


". . . the most useful single source in English for information on the historical and literary issues surrounding rabbinic texts . . . One hopes that by the end of the present decade Stemberger will have favoured rabbinic research with a further update of this indispensable resource."
--Religious Studies Review

"Strack's classic introduction to rabbinic literature. . . is completely updated in a truly brilliant and erudite way by Stemberger . . . The account is lucid and well informed throughout, sophisticated and critical."
--Jacob Neusner