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Bava Batra 15: Dead Men Can’t Tell Tales

More on the authors of various books, including how Joshua wrote his own book and also the last 8 verses of Deuteronomy. Unless Moses himself wrote them. But they record events after and including his death – as do other authors record their own deaths (or other people wrote those verses and onward). Plus, the authorship of the Book of Job, and discussion on who Job was, historically. Note that questions of authorship and how the books of the Bible were organized and were open, welcoming those with sufficient background. Job is represented as a prophet for all of the nations of the world (and maybe he wasn’t Jewish). Job’s suffering is presented here with some rationality – including several theories as to whom he was hoping for, at the very last. Note also the Gemara’s tolerance for the multiple views.

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Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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