The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary, 22 Volumes
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The Hebrew Scriptures contain many hundreds of laws both religious and civil. They concern the Temple (in Exodus), the priesthood (in Leviticus), the Temple offerings and other rites (in Numbers), and the social order of Israel (in Deuteronomy). These may rightly be called the written law (Torah).
The oral law (or Mishnah) is the extension of these precepts to cover all of life and its contingencies and was written down by rabbinic sages about 200 C.E. With the Talmud, Jewish sages systematized the laws in Scripture together with those of the oral tradition. While the Mishnah records rules governing the conduct of the holy life of Israel, the Talmud concerns itself with the details of the Mishnah. Israel's oral law found its definitive expression in the Talmud.
The Talmud of Babylonia (a.k.a., the Bavli, or Babylonian Talmud), is a sustained commentary on the written and oral law of Israel. Compiled between 500-600 C.E., it offers a magnificent record of how Jewish scholars preserved a humane and enduring civilization. Representing the primary document of rabbinic Judaism, it throws considerable light on the New Testament as well.
This monumental American translation was completed a decade ago - but was extraordinarily expensive and difficult to find - and features translations by Jacob Neusner, Tzvee Zahavy, Alan Avery-Peck, B. Barry Levy, Peter Haas, and Martin S. Jaffee, with commentary and new introductions by Jacob Neusner. All 37 tractates are presented in an easy-to-follow analytical format; Mishnah passages are set in bold type; and passages from Aramaic appear in italics.
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Publication Date: 2011
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Q: Does this edition of the Babylonian Talmud use "standard" referencing? For example, if I am reading a scholarly "Jewish" book and reference is made to Sanhedrin 43a, will I be able to pick up the Neusner editions and simply find Sanhedrin 43a? Or does Neusner use a different system of identification?
This version does reference the name of the tractate and puts the folios (subsections) grouped together into separate chapters. It utilizes running page headings showing the tractate, chapter and folio.
Q: Is it possible to view some pages from the Babylonian Talmud?
Sample pages are forthcoming.
Q: What is the difference between this Neusner Talmud and the old Epstien edition? I was jsut wondering if there were many significant changes made to the Epstien version or if there is just a change of divisions and updated vocabulary.
One of the main differences is that the Epstein edition has the Hebrew & Aramaic on the facing page to the English. The general opinion is that the Epstein translation is not as good as the Neusner. Also, the Neusner is rather easy to follow and you can locate material through the references. The Neusner edition is well laid-out with outline formats (which Epstein did not use). Also, Neusner provides references to changes in language from Aramaic to Hebrew. He also provides many references, such as to the Mishnah, the Torah and other works like the Tosefta. Epstein did not do this in his.
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