From biblical times to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism.
The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes on law.
In the Second Temple period.
The evolving relationship between the rabbinic sages and the Jews on the street.
Go with Gilgamesh, but lose the animal livers.
How amoraic study sessions became the Gemaras.
The emergence of amoraic schools of study.
These two institutions reflect the dynamism and the tensions in late antique Jewish society.
The process and the product of the canonization of the Bible became the basis for a varied tradition of interpretation.