A History of the Talmud

Date: Feb 25, 2020 - Feb 25, 2020

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: The Library

Location: JTS

Category: Book Talks Library Events Livestream Public Lectures & Events

A Discussion with Author and JTS Professor David Kraemer

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the Talmud in Judaism and beyond, yet its difficulty, its language, and its “foreign” assumptions render it inaccessible to most modern readers. This book offers what none before it has: a sophisticated but accessible introduction to the Talmud, its origins, and its often controversial status through history, accounting for the insights of the most recent historical and literary scholarship while making no assumptions concerning the reader’s prior knowledge.


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This event will also be livestreamed at jtsa.edu/live. No registration necessary. Just go online the night of the event. 

Admission to the book talk is free, but reservations are required. Please arrive early and have photo ID available.

This event is sponsored by The JTS Library.


David Kraemer is a Professor at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has also served as director of its world-class library for nearly fifteen years. Kraemer’s scholarship is diverse and influential. His Mind of the Talmud helped redefine the understanding of the Talmud for a new generation. His much-cited Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages was the first comprehensive history of Jewish eating practices. His other monographs have been similarly impactful. As steward of the largest collection of rare Judaica in the world, Kraemer has been instrumental in bringing record of the Jewish past before the eyes of the world.