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Haym Soloveitchik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113980

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.001.0001

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Dialectics, Scholasticism, and the Origin of the Tosafot

Dialectics, Scholasticism, and the Origin of the Tosafot

(p.23) Chapter Two Dialectics, Scholasticism, and the Origin of the Tosafot
Collected Essays: v. 2

Haym Soloveitchik

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes two claims made by Avraham Grossman. The first is that the tosafist movement arose, not in the talmudic academies of France in the twelfth century as commonly thought, but in those of Germany in the eleventh century — more specifically in Worms, in the academy of R. Shelomoh b. Shimshon (also known as Rabbenu Sasson). The tosafist method of study is dialectical. Furthermore, Grossman's opinion is that one of the three major factors behind the rise of dialectics in the eleventh-century Jewish academies is the flourishing of Christian scholasticism at that time. The chapter considers these claims factually and methodologically.

Keywords:   Avraham Grossman, dialectics, scholasticism, Tosafot, tosafist movement, Jewish academies, Christian scholasticism

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