The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud Hardback
by Noah Bickart
Part of the Judaism in Context series
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The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud studies how and in what cultural context the Talmud began to take shape in the scholastic centers of rabbinic Babylonia.
Bickart tracks the use of the term tistayem ("let it be promulgated") and its analogs, in contexts ranging from Amoraic disciple circles to Geonic texts, and in comparison with literatures of Syriac-speaking Christians.
The study demonstrates increasing academization during the talmudic period, and supports a gradual model of the Talmud's redaction.