In The Talmud: A Biography
(Princeton University Press, 2018), Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
, associate professor of religious studies and law at Northwestern University, introduces the reader to the Babylonian Talmud, the most studied book in the Jewish canon. Professor Wimpfheimer focuses on one excerpt from the Talmud, showing how its reception, exegesis, and editing represents a process of reflexive critique and legal reasoning. A valuable text for scholars and general readers alike, The Talmud: A Biography
helps the reader gain new appreciation for the Talmud as a dense tapestry of religious thought, philosophy, law, and ethics that continues to influence not only the Jewish religion, but religious and secular cultures and institutions worldwide.
David Gottlieb will receive his PhD in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June.