Michael Berger. Rabbinic Authority. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. xii, 226 pp.

@article{Rubenstein2002MichaelBR,
  title={Michael Berger. Rabbinic Authority. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. xii, 226 pp.},
  author={Jeffrey L. Rubenstein},
  journal={AJS Review},
  year={2002},
  volume={26},
  pages={356 - 359}
}
Understanding the authority of “the rabbis,” the sages of the Mishnah and Talmud who lived during the first five centuries of the common era, has always been a tricky business. The sages grounded their authority on the concept of the dual Torah—the belief that God revealed to Moses, in addition to the written Torah, an oral Torah, which was passed down in an unbroken chain from generation to generation. However, the emergence of Jewish historical consciousness during the Enlightenment rendered… Expand