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Socrates & the Fat Rabbis
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Socrates & the Fat Rabbis

Daniel Boyarin

Abstract

What kind of literature is the Talmud? To answer this question, the book looks to an unlikely source: the dialogues of Plato. In these ancient texts it finds similarities, both in their combination of various genres and topics and in their dialogic structure. But the book goes beyond these structural similarities, arguing also for a cultural relationship. It suggests that both the Platonic and the talmudic dialogues are not dialogic at all. Using Michael Bakhtin's notion of represented dialogue and real dialogism, the book demonstrates, through multiple close readings, that the give-and-take i ... More

Keywords: Socrates, rabbis, Talmud, Plato, dialogues, dialogism, monologue, Menippean satire, Michael Bakhtin, ancient Mediterranean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226069166
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226069180.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Boyarin, author