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The Talmud

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Talmud, the written version of Jewish oral law and one of the most important texts of Judaism.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history and contents of the Talmud, one of the most important texts of Judaism. The Talmud was probably written down over a period of several hundred years, beginning in the 2nd century. It contains the authoritative text of the traditional Jewish oral law, and also an account of early Rabbinic discussion of, and commentary on, these laws. In later centuries scholars wrote important commentaries on these texts, which remain central to most strands of modern Judaism.


Philip Alexander
Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester

Rabbi Norman Solomon
Former Lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies

Laliv Clenman
Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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48 minutes

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Thu 29 May 2014 21:30


Philip Alexander at the University of Manchester


Norman Solomon


Laliv Clenman at Leo Baeck College


English Babylonian Talmud


Talmud - Wikipedia





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H. L. Strack and G. Stemberger, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash (T&T Clark, 1996)



Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Philip Alexander
Interviewed Guest Norman Solomon
Interviewed Guest Laliv Clenman
Producer Thomas Morris


  • Thu 29 May 2014 09:00
  • Thu 29 May 2014 21:30

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