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Oral Tora

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This chapter describes the literature of the Sages in its various aspects of form and content, as well as the range of documents in which this literature is preserved. It is devoted to one general aspect which is essential for understanding many of its characteristic literary features: it is oral tradition literature fixed in writing. This aspect is also central to the understanding which the Sages had of their own literature. They saw it as oral tradition both in literary technique and in essence. This perception of the Sages is expressed in the phrase: Oral Tora. The chapter discusses the innovative character of Oral Tora as it appears in its terminology, its relation to the Written Tora, and in the view of Tora cherished by the Sages themselves. It further outlines some basic religious concepts which are characteristic of the literature of the Sages.

Keywords: Oral Tora; oral tradition literature; Sages

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