The wisdom tradition in rabbinic literature and Mishnah Avot

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This paper examine the continuities and discontinuities between the early rabbis (Tannaim) and Wisdom traditions. After a general review, we will look at tractate Avot in the Mishnah and ask in what sense and to what extant is this a wisdom composition. The answer will reveal the flexibility and multifaceted character of wisdom tradition(s), as well as some surprising perspectives about rabbinic self presentation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTracing Sapiential Traditions in Ancient Judaism
EditorsJean-Sebastien Rey, Hindy Najman, Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789004324671
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSupplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Mishnah -- Avot -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Wisdom in rabbinical literature


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