Logic in the Talmud

A Thematic Compilation by Avi Sion

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7. Traditional Teachings

A brief overview of the ways Judaism traditionally presents the art of “Talmud Torah”, followed by some suggestions on same.


1.   Hermeneutics

Talmudic law was decided, with reference to the Torah, after much debate. In a first stage, the debate crystallized as the Mishnah; in a …

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8. The Thirteen Midot

In the present chapter, we shall indulge in a closer scrutiny and frank criticism of Talmudic/Rabbinic hermeneutics.


1.Exposition and evaluation

Traditional presentations of the principles and practice of Rabbinic exegesis consist in listing the Thirteen Midot of R. Ishmael (at least, …

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9. The Sinai Connection


We shall now look into the issue of the Sinaitic origin of Talmudic/Rabbinic hermeneutics.


1.Verdict on rabbinic hermeneutics

I have no doubt that certain doctrinaire defenders of Judaism will be very upset with me for the devastating deconstruction of Rabbinic hermeneutics in th…

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