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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...


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Zvi Septimus

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

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Religion, Law
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...system was the fact that it was illegal to write down Oral Law (Giṭṭin 60a–b). As long as the Oral Law was not written down, it would be free to develop in a manner that was not conscious of its own innovations. However, Rebbi’s decision to redact and publish the Oral Law laid bare the role of the rabbis in its production. In late antiquity, there was a common method of oral “publication” in which an author would gather a group of (often blind) memorizers and authorize or authenticate a text or version of a text before them. The memorizers would then, in turn...