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In this chapter, the author attempts to synthesize some of the major results of this book within two overlapping frameworks. The first borrows from the dialogical poetics of Mikhail Bakhtin. Bakhtin's notions of dialogism and heteroglossia, long favorites of theoretically inclined biblical scholars, have more recently found their way into scholarship on rabbinic literature, most prominently in two book-length attempts to come to terms with the generic and discursive complexity of the Babylonian Talmud. The second framework concerns the division between the school of R. Akiva and that of R. Ishmael. In his recent work on the hermeneutics of the school of R. Ishmael, Azzan Yadin suggests that the school did not produce its own equivalent of the Akivan Mishnah. In contrast with the school of R. Akiva, the school of R. Ishmael treats scriptural exegesis as a self-contained practice.

Keywords: dialogism; heteroglossia; Mikhail Bakhtin; rabbinic literature; school of R.Ishmael; school of R. Akiva

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