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The Contrastive Term "אתון מתניתו...אנן מתנינן..." in the Babylonian Talmud and Its Historical Significance

Avinoam Cohen
Hebrew Union College Annual
Vol. 72 (2001), pp. 45-60
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23508919
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Talmudic terminology is the literary key to understanding the detailed progression of the sugyah — beginning a new topic, question and answer, proof and refutation, and so on. It may also have its uses in making various inferences concerning the history and chronology of the Babylonian academies and their scholars, to a far greater degree than has been done hitherto in the scholarly literature and in the literature of talmudic rules and methodology. This article will focus on one term that will illustrate this point. I shall argue that the contrastive formula אתון מתניתו... אנן מתנינן and similar formulas reflect differing traditions of two academies — not necessarily major academies—in talmudic Babylonia. In its second part, the present study demonstrates several implications of this finding in various areas of the history and chronology of the Babylonian academies and their sages.

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