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Detail from the beginning of the chapter on Sanhedrin in Pisqei Rabbi Yeshayah Aharon. Italy 1374. The British Library

Is there a Doctrine of Heresy in Rabbinic Literature?

M. Sanhedrin 10:1 is considered to be the most important statement of rabbinic heresiology in tannaitic literature. However, a close examination of this text’s development suggests that it is not a straightforward expression of c. 200 C.E. rabbinic doctrine at all, but a reworked tradition from an earlier sectarian milieu.1

Dr. David M. Grossberg Continue reading Is there a Doctrine of Heresy in Rabbinic Literature?

  1. This article is based on material from my recent book, David M. Grossberg, Heresy and the Formation of the Rabbinic Community (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017). Readers are encouraged to consult the book for a more detailed discussion of these matters and additional bibliography.