details, which can be revealing of their provenance and origin. As he states on p. 184, "The practice of writing . . . is an expression of the already fullydeveloped sociology and ideology of some group at work in the last centuries before the Common Era." This book makes an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls. It can serve as a textbook on methodology for the beginning student, and is accessible to a general interest reader, yet challenges experts in the field to rethink and make transparent their own approaches to the Scrolls. Sidnie White Crawford University of Nebraska-Lincoln Why Study Talmud in the Twenty-first Century? The Relevance of the Ancient Jewish Text to Our World, edited by Paul Socken. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. 258 pp. $75.00. While Talmud study held pride of place in most Jewish communities in previous centuries by sheer force of tradition, this book seeks out the reasons for this privileged position. After all, Talmud study requires a tremendous investment of time and effort, and the payoff from struggling through its meandering dialectics is not always obvious. In fact, already in the twelfth century, Maimonides declared
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