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Dating Rabbinic Traditions

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This chapter discusses about the general criteria for establishing absolute and relative dates of rabbinic documents. It briefly deals with the main problems of dating. The rough chronological outline of rabbinic literature possible at present should be taken seriously when dating rabbinic traditions. The redaction of the earliest rabbinic document in which we find a certain tradition is its terminus ante quem. The chapter focuses on the general question of the value of rabbinic attributions for purposes of dating. It also briefly deals with the question which in a conference on "The New Testament and Rabbinic Literature". Dating rabbinic texts remains a complicated task. It is perhaps too early to combine it with a New Testament agenda.

Keywords: dating; New Testament; rabbinic literature

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