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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , May 7, 2001
      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
      > participation.
      > Hope E. Rosenbaum-Werner
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