- Dear Hope E. Rosenbaum-Werner,
Glad you've enjoyed the conversation. So have I. Unfortunately I am not
as 'up' on the whole question of oral Torah and of transition from oral to
Jewish scripture as I would like to be. For the former I am dependent on
specialized studies like the Strack-Stemberger Intro to Talmud and Midrash (ch.
4 on Oral and Written Tradition). On the latter I have always been attracted
to the James Sanders thesis about developing canonicity. Beyond that I would
have to do some more digging around before I could come up with a relevant
reading list. Sorry not to be able to contribute more effectively on this.
"Rosenbaum-Werner, Hope" wrote:
> 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
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