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Toldot Tannaim ve-Amoraim on Hebrew Books

The very important work Toldot Tannaim ve-Amoraim is now at Hebrew Books: vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3. This book is a must for anyone who does any work with Talmudic literature and it has been out-of-print for some time.

4 Responses to “Toldot Tannaim ve-Amoraim on Hebrew Books”

  1. 1
    tzvee:

    Aren’t all uncritical anthologies of the past rendered superfluous by digital editions and simple searches?

  2. 2
    Menachem Mendel:

    I thought about that also, but after you enter the name of an Amora into Bar-Ilan, you have to wade through all of the sources to make heads or tails about the Amora. Take a quick look at Toldot Tannaim ve-Amoraim, and you can get an overview what numerous sources say about their teachers, teachings, colleagues, with most of it already categorized for it. It is a good place to start for general info about most anyone in Talmudic literature.

  3. 3
    Neusner:

    >Aren’t all uncritical anthologies of the past rendered superfluous by digital editions and simple searches?

    I don’t know how anyone could look at one page of Toldot Tannaim ve-Amoraim and think they can – or ought to – recreate the research with a Bar Ilan search.

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    tzvee:

    i actually earlier today revisited the eleazar ben azariah entry in TTA – it is missing many sources, and provides a sorely crude window into the tradition. even granting the categorizations, a series of intelligent digital searches will produce more complete results with better texts, missing the credulous fundamentalist homogenization, which admittedly could be a plus or a minus depending on what the reader wants

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