Symbol and theology in early Judaism by Jacob Neusner

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Published by Fortress Press in Minneapolis .

Written in English

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  • Symbolism in rabbinical literature,
  • Lists in rabbinical literature,
  • Jewish art and symbolism,
  • Midrash -- Theology

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Book details

StatementJacob Neusner.
LC ClassificationsBM496.5 .N4823 1991
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1870522M
ISBN 100800624564
LC Control Number90029897

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