Ella Tovia

Ella Tovia is a PhD student in the Department of Talmud and Jewish Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ella focuses on units with parallel structures in the Babylonian Talmud. These textual units share a dialectical structure that is mostly identical, but differ in some of their specific contents. Some of them are found in a single textual sequence while others are located separately. Their parallelism is evident on the one hand in the content and phrasing of the recurring elements, and on the other hand in the logical role of the changing elements. Ella's research is based on a comprehensive study of all the relevant textual units – every unit by itself, and compared to other units with a shared dialectical structure. By examining this phenomenon, Ella hopes to shed light on one of the aspects of the Babylonian Talmud that has yet to be studied as such and to promote the discussion of its redaction processes, and perhaps even the learning, transmission and literary creation methods of the Amoraim (Talmudic sages).