Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity Hardback

Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster

by Julia Watts Belser;


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Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity

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Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. Through a sustained reading of the Babylonian Talmud's tractate on fasts in response to drought, this book shows how Bavli Ta'anit challenges Deuteronomy's claim that virtue can assure abundance and that misfortune is an unambiguous sign of divine rebuke. Employing a new method for analyzing lengthy talmudic narratives, Julia Watts Belser traces complex strands of aggadic dialectic to show how Bavli Ta'anit's redactors articulate a strikingly self-critical theological and ethical discourse. Bavli Ta'anit castigates rabbis for misuse of power, exposing the limits of their perception and critiquing prevailing obsessions with social status. But it also celebrates the possibilities of performative perception - the power of an adroit interpreter to transform events in the world and interpret crisis in a way that draws forth blessing.

Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity by Julia Watts Belser was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2015. The ISBN for Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity is 9781107113350.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (September 2015)
Weight510g
Number of Pages224
Thickness19 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781107113350
ISBN-101107113350
Product Code4330677
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