Invoking Tradition

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  1. avakesh says:

    Thank you for a very interesting discussion. How does the time passage between teh two Talmuds and the much lesser editing of Yerushalmi than Bavli impact on these points. In other words, could have the Bavli of R. Yochanan’s time looked exactly like the Yerushalmi?

  2. micha says:

    I suggested in the previous post in this series that the Bavli’s style of learning dates back to Rav Yehudah’s founding of the Yeshiva in Pumbedisa, and noted his dialectic style in sugyos like Bava Metzia 38b, Sanhedrin 17b and Chullin 110b, as well as a comment along this line by R’ Sheishes. So it would seem that the difference in learning style was around contemporaneous with R’ Yochanan and Reish Laqish, slightly later, but not much. Back in Neharda’ah, R’ Sheshes was known for what I call here the Y-mi’s “Citation Culture” (see how Rami b”R Chama compliments this about him in Bekhoros 52b). I would suggest that Neharda’a was a has-been town by then, and R’ Sheshes’s style therefore fell by the wayside in Bavel. (Technically, Neharda’ah was a region, Pumbedia is a town in that area. I mean here, the place in Neharda’a where Shemu’el’s academy was was where R’ Sheshes was a dayan, but by then the center of learning in the area was Pumbedisa.)


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