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Professor Nissan Rubin has written the introductory chapter of the book, which exposes the hidden structures of the text using a socio-cultural method. Much of modern anthropological research is inductive, especially the collection of ethnographic data in a field where knowledge is lacking. Simcha Fishbane's papers address some of the principles mentioned with respect to qualitative textual research. In his work he maps out the relation between the social structure and deviant persons, or deviant social categories, prevalent in early rabbinic literature. The use of anthropological and sociological theories enables him to properly organize the sources and build the social identity of each category.

Keywords: early rabbinic literature; Professor Nissan Rubin; Simcha Fishbane



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