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“Every Dream Becomes Valid Only By Its Interpretation”: Dreams, Dream Interpretations And Dream Interpreters In The Babylonian Talmud

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This chapter examines the topic of dreams, dream interpretation and dream interpreters in the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmud is primarily a discussion of Jewish law and ritual with the emphasis upon the legal behavior of the Rabbinic Jew. The influence of Greek - Roman culture, as well as the early Near Eastern, Babylonian and other religions of the surrounding region, is definitely reflected in the Rabbis' thinking and behavior. The Talmudic document is considered as a &t;unified whole&t; rather than being examined with the presentation of a discourse on each individual pericope. The author has placed the Talmud's dream book from Tractate Berakhoth (English translation from the Soncino edition of the Talmud) in an appendix at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: Babylonian Talmud; dream interpretation; Talmudic document; tractate berakhoth



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