The world of Talmud scholarship mourns the passing of Avraham Goldberg, professor emertius at Hebrew University’s department of Talmud and Halakha. Professor Goldberg was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1913, served as a US Army chaplain in the Second World War, and moved to Israel in 1946. At JTS in New York and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem he studied with the leading scholars of the mid-twentieth century, including L. Ginzberg, S. Lieberman, J. N. Epstein, and Ch. Albeck. A recipient of the Israel Prize in 2000, he authored dozens of articles, studies and reviews in both English and Hebrew and edited a number of tractates of the Mishnah. A collection of his essays entitled “Literary Form and Composition in Classical Rabbinic Literature” was just recently published by Magnes Press.
More information on Prof. Goldberg can be found here:
- Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew)- Judges’ Rationale for Grant to Recipient; Recipient’s C.V.
- Prof. David Rosenthal’s introduction to ”Literary Form and Composition in Classical Rabbinic Literature” (Hebrew).
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