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Jay Rovner

Jay Rovner is the Manuscript Bibliographer Emeritus of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, where he also taught Talmud. He has published a book on income tithing; and studies of talmudic sugyas, aggadic narratives, and liturgical texts from the Cairo Genizah.

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In Every Generation

Studies in the Evolution and Formation of the Passover Haggadah
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4376-0
The Passover Haggadah, the quintessential Jewish book, began taking shape in the period of the Mishnah and the Talmud (ca. 100-600 CE). Even by 600, it did not look like it does today. Major portions were wanting, e.g., the story of eminent sages at a seder in Bene Beraq; the typology of the four sons; the midrashic expansion of the story of the exodus; the song Dayyenu. Those compositions (mostly) or borrowings were incorporated into the Haggadah between ca. 600-900 (the Geonic period). Such selections completed the Haggadah, producing the book used at Passover Seders to the present day. This study shows how the section of the Passover Haggdah known as maggid (“recounting”) achieved its comprehensive structure and contents between ca. 600 and 900 CE (the geonic period).
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