This is a stellar contribution to the form and the literary criticism of rabbinic literature, and it should be required reading for anyone working in Early Judaism, Early Christianity, the OT and NT, and any related field. (T.M. Law, Society for Old Testament Study Booklist
The book is highly innovative in its description of how rabbinic texts function as texts and constitute meaningful wholes... will be of a great help for beginners in rabbinic studies. But it is even more recommended to everybody who already has experience with rabbinic texts or who has studied them for a long time. (Günter Stemberger, Journal of Semitic Studies
Samely provides a complex and detailed account of thr nature and essence of rabbinic textuality...should be of interest to anyone studying rabbinic literature, acient Judaism and Christianity, ancient history and philosophy. (Catherine Hezser Journal of Jewish Studies
About the Author
Alexander Samely is Professor of Jewish Thought, Manchester University.