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Sifre on Deuteronomy
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Sifre on Deuteronomy

Publisher: JTSA PRESS
Publication Date: 2014
Category: General
Number of Pages: 449

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"Sifré to Deuteronomy, systematic, verse by verse commentary to the book of Deuteronomy by the sages of Rabbinic Judaism. Since the Mishnah (c. 200 c. e.) and the Tosefta (c. 250 c. e.) are cited verbatim, a probable date for the work is c. 300 c.e. Out of cases and examples, the sages sought generalizations and governing principles. The document's compilers took the details of cases and carefully reframed them into rules that then pertained to all cases.

These rules show what details restrict the prevailing law to the conditions of the case, and what details exemplify the encompassing traits of the overall law. Four principal topics comprise the document's propositionsthe first three yield systematic statements that concern the relationships between Israel(the Jewish people) and God, with special reference to the covenant, the Torah, and the land; Israel and the nations, with interest in Israel's history, past, present, and future, and how that cyclic time is to be recognized; and Israel on its own terms, focusing upon Israel's distinctive leadership.

The fourth rubric examines prevailing modes of thought that demonstrate the inner structure of intellectwhether that be the intellect underlying sifré itself, the cases of scripture, or the encompassing rules."

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Louis Finkelstein
A former Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Louis Finkelstein (June 14, 1895 in Cincinnati, Ohio 29 November 1991) was a scholar of Talmud and an expert in Jewish law. He was one of the most important and dynamic leaders of American Jewry. Author, thinker, and doer, he served as a Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Israel in New York City. He was president of the Rabbinical Assembly from 1928 until 1930 and was the presidential advisor for Judaism under President Roosevelt. His research centered around study of history and literature of the Second Temple period.

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