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Plato and the Talmud


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Introduction: Athens and Jerusalem; 1. Talmudic and Platonic writing; 2. Rabbis and holy men; 3. Prophets and philosophers; 4. Fathers and sons; 5. Words and deeds; 6. Gods and men; 7. Miracles and necessity; Epilogue: tests and traditions.

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This innovative study sees the relationship between Athens and Jerusalem through the lens of the Platonic dialogues and the Talmud.

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Jacob Howland is McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2006), The Paradox of Political Philosophy: Socrates' Philosophic Trial (1998) and The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy (1993). He also edited A Long Way Home: The Story of a Jewish Youth, 1939-1948, by Bob Golan (2005) and has published numerous articles.


'Jacob Howland's Plato and the Talmud is a splendid addition to the small - but growing and distinguished - body of work in the secular academy, which takes as its fundamental principle that teaching and scholarship in the humanities must include a basic knowledge of the great Rabbinic corpus of the first millennium of the Common Era. And here Howland shows with remarkable clarity that the Rabbinic material has a tight conceptual relationship to one of the other formative traditions of western culture, namely Greek philosophy of the Platonic school. This is a remarkable book, wide in its knowledge, graceful in its presentation, modest in its posture: exactly what real scholarship should be.' Donald Harman Akenson, author of Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds

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