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Table Of Contents

Contents: Introduction •Torah, Shame, and "The Oven of Akhnai" (Bava Mesia 59a-59b) • Elisha ben Abuya: Torah and the Sinful Sage (Hagiga 15a-15b) • Torah and the Mundane Life: The Education of R. Shimon bar Yohai (Shabbat 33b-34a) • Rabbinic Authority and the Destruction of Jerusalem (Gittin 55b-56b) • Torah, Lineage, and the Academic Hierarchy (Horayot 13b-14a) • Torah, Gentiles, and Eschatology (Avoda Zara 2a-3b) • Conclusion