New Website Focusses on a Historical and Contextual Approach to the Talmud [Talmud Tuesday]
Last week, a new website started up to discuss Talmud from a historical and contextual approach. With two posts thus far, TheGemara.com is a project of Project TABS. So far, Dr. Shai Secunda, who completed his doctorate at Yeshiva University, under the tutelage of Dr. Yaakov Elman, has written the first two posts, “Tractate Nazir: A Talmudic Outlier” and “Innovating, Adapting, and Historicizing the Rules for Returning Lost Objects”. While the former post focusses on an issue in the transmission of Tractate Nazir, the latter post brings in an aspect in which Dr. Secunda, who is currently a Martin Buber Society fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is particularly trained, Sassanian law.
Reached by email, Dr. Secunda, said that the website is not his – it is Project TABS’s, who brought him on. His plans for posting frequency is “pretty often”, where he plans to post “anything about Rabbinic Literature linked either to the calendar – in the sense of the parsha, holidays, or daf yomi – or to introducing academic approaches to different works.” When asked about The Talmud Blog, where he has served as co-editor and has written posts, although the last post was a half-year ago, he still plans on posting there, as well.
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