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Rabbis and Classical Rhetoric. Sophistic Education and Oratory in the Talmud and Midrash.
Cambridge u. a.: Cambridge University Press 2017. XI, 335 S. m. 2 Abb. Geb. £ 75,00. ISBN 978-1-107-17740-6.
Graeco-Roman rhetorical education and public oratory were im-portant parts of ancient rabbis’ Palestinian provincial environment. It is therefore likely that at least some Greek-speaking urban rabbis would have been familiar with some rhetorical presenta-tions and techniques. The first centuries C. E. were also the time of the Second Sophistic, a literary phenomenon in which language, paideia, and identity were closely linked. Richard Hidary’s study examines the impact of this rhetorical and sophistic environment on rabbis and rabbinic argumentation: »How deeply did classical rhetoric impact rabbinic literature and thought?« (2) How do rabbis’ educational and oratorial practices compare with those of professional rhetors in the East? The seven chapters of his book look at ...
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