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The Formation of the Talmud in Sasanian Babylonia
Samuel Secunda, Bard College

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Sea of Babylon: Mapping Non-Mishnaic “Digressions” in the Babylonian Talmud (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Sea of Babylon: Mapping Non-Mishnaic “Digressions” in the Babylonian Talmud
Author: Samuel Secunda
Abstract: he critical study of the Babylonian Talmud has advanced considerably over the last half-century, primarily by focusing on the diachronic development of sugyot, which have been appreciated as primarily comprising earlier amoraic dicta (and earlier tannaitic sources) in Hebrew, framed and put into motion by generally later editorial discussions in Aramaic. While this is a crucial insight, it cannot suffice as a comprehensive account of what the Talmud is as a compilation. For example, scholars have largely left unexplored the synchronic shape of the Bavli as a whole, which comprises a mix of materials that are devoted to the interpretation of the Mishnah and related discussions, and “digressive” sources which are included within the fabric of the text. In this paper I present my ongoing project to map these “digressions” using CATMA (Computer Assisted Text Markup and Analysis), and considers some literary, functional, and (cross-)cultural meanings of the “Sea of Talmud.
Date: 6/20/23
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Conference Name: Editions of Classical Jewish Texts in the Digital Age