Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Halakha

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

One of the most important elements of Jewish literature in the period under discussion is what is known as halakha, that is to say, the sum total of rules and laws derived from the Bible, from religious thought and teaching, and from jurisprudence and custom. These rules and laws govern all aspects of Jewish life. This chapter reviews evidence from Second Temple writings which confirms the antiquity of halakhot preserved in rabbinic literature. Rabbinic literature records halakha in two principal forms: as 'independent halakha', stated without reference to Scripture, and as statements derived, at least formally, from biblical verses, that is, in the form of midrash. The distinction between the two forms is reflected in the collections of rabbinic literature. The chapter deals with the sources from which the halakha of the Sages developed. It further discusses the important role of controversies in the creation of halakha.

Keywords: Bible; Halakha; Jewish literature; Rabbinic literature; second temple writings

10.1163/9789004275133_004
/content/books/b9789004275133s004
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
10
5
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud, Volume 3 The Literature of the Sages — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation