"All the Dreams Follow the Mouth": Dreamers and Interpreters in Rabbinic Literature

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Abstract

W. analyzes the story of Bar-Heyda in tractate Berakhot of the Babylonian Talmud, in which the unknown interpreter temporarily exerts clear authority over the great sages Abaye and Rava through providing interpretations with the power of performative speech, i.e., creating results in the sages' lives through his spoken interpretation. In the course of his essay, W. considers the narrator's purpose in thus depicting a potentially problematic conflict of authority. [Adapted from published abstract: Christopher T. Begg]
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationPerchance to dream: Dream Divination and the Ancient Near East
EditorsEsther J. Hamori, Jonathan Stokl
PublisherSBL Press
Pages183-195
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameAncient Near East Monographs
Volume21

Keywords

  • Intertestamental, Apocrypha, NT Use: Other Writings/Traditions

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