- Title Pages
- Note on Transliteration and Conventions Used in the Text
Chapter OneAgobard of Lyons, Megillat Aḥima’ats, and the Babylonian Orientation of Early Ashkenaz
Chapter TwoDialectics, Scholasticism, and the Origin of the Tosafot
Chapter ThreeMinhag Ashkenaz ha-Kadmon: An Assessment
Chapter FourThe Authority of the Babylonian Talmud and the Use of Biblical Verses and Aggadah in Early Ashkenaz
Chapter FiveOn the Use of Aggadah by the Tosafists: A Response to I. M. Ta-Shma
Chapter SixCharacterizing Medieval Talmudists: A Case Study
Chapter SevenCommunications and the Palestinian Origins of Ashkenaz
Chapter EightThe Palestinian Orientation of the Ashkenazic Community and Some Suggested Ground Rules for the Writing of Halakhic History
Chapter NineThe ‘Third Yeshivah of Bavel’ and the Cultural Origins of Ashkenaz—A Proposal
- A Response to David Berger
Chapter TenBetween Cross and Crescent
Chapter ElevenHalakhah, Hermeneutics, and Martyrdom in Ashkenaz
Chapter TwelveMaimonides’ Iggeret ha-Shemad: Law and Rhetoric
Chapter ThirteenResponses to Critiques of ‘Maimonides’ Iggeret ha-Shemad: Law and Rhetoric’
Chapter FourteenClassification of Mishneh Torah: Problems Real and Imaginary
Chapter FifteenMishneh Torah: Polemic and Art
- Bibliography of Manuscripts
- Source Acknowledgments
- Index of Names
- Index of Places
- Index of Subjects
- (p.3) Introduction
- (p.iii) Collected Essays Volume II
- Liverpool University Press
FOR SOME FIFTEEN YEARS, from about 1985 to 2000, I was occupied with putting out the halakhic writings of my father and grandfather. During this period a great deal of scholarly writing appeared about eleventh-century Ashkenaz with which I found myself in disagreement, both substantively and methodologically. I did not wish to publish criticisms until I had placed on the shelves examples of how I believed the history of halakhah should be written. (My Hebrew book on pawnbroking was, as I wrote in the first volume of this series,...
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