Researcher: Dr. Yaakov Teppler

The main purpose of Dr. Teppler’s work is to shed light on the very beginning of the Shemone Esre prayer and its original form, as well as the question whether it was composed (or “fixed”) in the Yavneh period as a whole or if it was just a process of re-assurance of a structure that already existed.

The main source of his research is the Talmudic literature on its wide range of subjects, genres and compositions. This kind of research involves many difficulties when dealing with different sources from different places and times of composition and redaction, and dealing with those is the most significant challenge of this research.

The research of these questions consists of a deep investigation into other sources of the history of the time under discussion, such as Greek Jewish prayers, Judeo-Christian prayers, Early (pre-Nicenean) Church Fathers literature, prayers and benedictions in the New Testament, Apocryphal and Pseudo-epigraphic literature, Philo of Alexandria and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. Teppler has collected and analyzed this broad range of sources, upon which the work is based. Though the initial intention of the project was to investigate the Shemone Esre prayer over a number of historical periods, his findings have led to a decision, approved by Prof. Stefan Reif, to narrow the period of investigation to the fifth and sixth centuries.

Dr. Teppler is currently in the process of writing up his findings.

 

 

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