“Designation is significant”: An Analysis of the Conceptual Sugya in bSan 47b–48b

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Abstract

Explicit rabbinic legal concepts and principles—notions such as “multiple causation is prohibited/permitted” (zeh ve-zeh gorem muttar/'asur), “retrospective determination of reality is/is not valid” (yesh/'ein bererah), and the like—occur frequently in the Babylonian Talmud (BT), especially in the later strata of that work. Most concepts and principles of this sort are applied to a case or two, although we sometimes find extended conceptual sugyot in BT that systematically analyze a particular legal principle. Such passages generally analyze a group of tannaitic sources in light of the specified principle, which is assumed to apply to all the cases cited; these cases may be adduced either to support or to refute the relevant principle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-252
Number of pages26
JournalAJS Review
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

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