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The State of Mishnah Studies

AMRAM TROPPER

in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264744
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The State of Mishnah Studies

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This chapter examines the current state of research into mishnah, the first major work of rabbinic Judaism. It explains that the mishnah is primarily an edited anthology of brief and often elliptical pronouncements on matters of Jewish law and practice, frequently providing conflicting views on the individual matters discussed. It discusses the six sedarim of the mishnah and mentions that the mishnah frequently digresses from its main topics at every level of the organisational hierarchy.

Keywords: mishnah; rabbinic Judaism; Jewish law; sedarim; edited anthology

Chapter.  10757 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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