An accessible introduction to the complex rabbinic corpus and the historical-interpretive and culture-critical issues that surround it. Unlike competing studies, these erudite essays by respected scholars are shaped by the latest findings in anthroplogy, oral tradition, folklore, the Greco-Roman classics, and sociology. Contributors include Shaye J.D. Cohen, Michael Swartz, Steven Fraade, Daniel Boyarin, and Jeffrey Rubenstein. 408 pages, softcover.