Studies in Tractate Eruvin of the Talmud Bavli: Structure, Language, Redaction, and Halakha

Studies in Tractate Eruvin of the Talmud Bavli: Structure, Language, Redaction, and Halakha


Uri Zur

ISBN: 9781644691410 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 570 pp.; 3 tables; 6 figs.
Publication Date: February 2020


This volume collects several articles by scholar Uri Zur on various areas in the field of Jewish studies. Topics discussed include different types of structure in Talmudic texts from a literary point of view, the study of the Aramaic language utilized in the Bible and the Talmud from a linguistic and interpretive perspective, the redaction of sugyot in the Talmud Bavli analyzed from a textual point of view, and matters of halakha and halakhic rules. The author also examines contemporary topics such as modern Judaism in Israel and peacemaking efforts grounded in the Pentateuch and Jewish tradition.

Uri Zur is a researcher in Jewish studies at the Department of Israel Heritage, Ariel University. His major interests in this field focus on the redaction of sugyot, tripartite structure, textual grounding of Halakha, Genizah studies, history and Aramaic language. Prof. Zur served as Head of the Department of Israel Heritage at Ariel University (2008-2010) and as co-editor of the journal Moreshet Israel (2008-2012) and still serves as member of its editorial board. He is also the winner of the Aminoah Prize 2018 for the book The tripartite structure of the Sugyot: Studies in Tractate Eruvin of the Babylonian Talmud (Ariel University Press, 2016).  Among his other publications are several papers and the book Orr Israel (Habermann Institute for Literary Research, 1999).

Table of Contents


Part One. Structure
1. Chaining as a Shaping Feature of Tannaitic Source Text
2. Chaining as a Structuring Means of the Sugya in the Talmud Bavli
3. The Tripartite Structure in Sugyot from Tractate Eruvin of the Talmud Bavli

Part Two. Language
4. Different Readings, Different Meanings: A Dialogue between R. Jose the Galilean and Beruriah the Leader
5. Ancient Aramaic and Its Use in the Biblical Translation, Targum Onqelos
6. Towards a Talmudic Lexicon: The Aramaic Root ק.פ.י / q.f.y in the Light of a Story from the Talmud Bavli

Part Three. Redaction
7. An Opposing School of Redaction in the Talmud Bavli Suggested
8. Objectives of Sugyot—A Study of the Redaction of the Talmud Bavli as Reflected in Three Sugyot of Tractate Eruvin
9. The Methodology Utilized in the Redaction of the Tripartite Structure of Sugyot from Tractate Eruvin in the Talmud Bavli

Part Four. Halakha
10. Land Surveying Tube in Early Judaism
11. Applying General Rules of Halakha in Halakhic Exegesis
12. R. Joḥanan’s Attitude towards His Principles of Halakhic Arbitration

Part Five. Appendix: Peace and Judaism
13. Revisiting Contemporary Judaism in Modern Israel
14. The Argumentation for Contemporary Peacemaking Efforts According to Jewish Tradition
15. The Concept of Peace in the Pentateuch

Selected Bibliography
Subject Index
Source Index
List of First Publication