The Jewish Book Council has chosen Talya Fishman's Becoming the People of the Talmud: Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Cultures to receive a 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the scholarship category. The council will present its Nahum Sarna Memorial Award for Scholarship to Fishman at a ceremony in March.
The National Jewish Book Awards, the longest-running North American program of its kind, recognizes outstanding books of Jewish interest. In Becoming the People of the Talmud, Fishman examines ways in which circumstances of transmission have shaped the cultural meaning of Jewish traditions.
Talya Fishman is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.