It Is Not for Me to Finish the Text, Yet Neither Am I Free to Desist

By Charlotte E. Fonrobert

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2008

Fonrobert discusses the nature of the Talmudic text, its willingness to remain incomplete, to forsake authority, to leave the final word unsaid, and the insistence of the text that no one will have the final word. Exploring the Talmudic text, Fonrobert examines the dispute on redemption between Rav and Shmuel in the eleventh chapter of Tractate Sanhedrin. The dispute expresses diametrically opposed views: does what we do (e.g. repentance and good works) matter or will redemption come about itself, human effort being irrelevant? Fonrobert links this dispute to the two positions on the question of redemption between Judaism and Christianity.

Topic: Literature, Jewish-Christian Relations, Jewish Text, Religion

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 39/655

Page Number(s): 1-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Fonrobert, Charlotte E. It Is Not for Me to Finish the Text, Yet Neither Am I Free to Desist. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2008: 1-3. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6206


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