Professor Dunn: I've been lurking in your seminar these past two weeks and
have enjoyed myself. It has been a pleasure! Althought I lurk here, I
always find myself going for the Jewish side. So your article opened up a
new issue for me: the transmition of the oral torah; when scripture became
scripture and why; the actual history of (beginnings of?) the Jewish people,
etc. Before you leave, I was hoping that you might suggest a few books to
read on the topic of the influence of oral tradition on written "scripture"
in Judaism -- how through oral storytelling and then through the written
"canon", Jews came to view themselves as separate and apart from other
nations -- not just religiously but also politically -- how Jewish
storytelling helped Jews define "Jews" (whatever the definition might be in
whatever time or place)? In _The Triumph of Elohim_ I very much enjoyed the
essay _Scenes from the Early History of Judaism_ by Davies (which made good
side reading during your seminar!) Neusner's book _Oral Tradition in
Judaism: The Case of the Mishnah_ is out of print and (so far) un-locatable.
I would greatly appreciate any direction you might be able to offer me.
Thanks in advance for your reading list and thanks again for your
Hope E. Rosenbaum-Werner
Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol
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New York, New York 10111