The Talmud: A Selection

The Talmud: A Selection

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Translated by Norman Solomon

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 896 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 46mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014144178X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141441788
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, map
  • Sales rank: 45,278

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"The Talmud" is one of the most significant religious texts in the world, second only to the Bible in its importance to Judaism. As the Bible is the word of God, "The Talmud" applies that word to the lives of its followers. In a range of styles including commentary, parables, proverbs and anecdotes, it provides guidance on all aspects of everyday life from ownership to commerce to relationships. This selection of its most illuminating passages makes accessible the centuries of Jewish thought within "The Talmud". Norman Solomon's clear translation from the Bavli (Babylonian) "Talmud" is accompanied by an introduction on its arrangement, social and historical background, reception and authors. This edition also includes appendixes of background information, a glossary, time line, maps and indexes.

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Norman Solomon is a Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Lecturer at Oxford University

Table of contents

The TalmudList of Illustrations Preface Introduction How to Read the Talmud Structure—The Framework of the Talmud The Reception of the Mishna—Bavli and Yerushalmi How the Talmud Started Babylonia of the Talmud—Social and Religious Background The Men Who Made Mishna and Talmud Style of the Talmud Titles and Names Theology The Talmud and Christianity Transmission of the Text A Note On This Translation Bible Translation 'Israel', 'Jew', 'Palestine' Page Layout References Further Reading THE TALMUD: SELECTIONS First Order Zeraim (Seeds) Introduction First Tractate Berakhot (Blessings) Second Tractate Pe'ah (Corner of the Field) Third Tractate Demai (Doubtfully Tithed Produce) Fourth Tractate Kil'ayim (Mixtures) Fifth Tractate Shevi'it (The Seventh Year) Sixth Tractate Terumot (Heave Offerings) Seventh Tractate Ma'aserot (Tithes) Eighth Tractate Ma'aser Sheni (Second Tithe) Ninth Tractate Halla (Dough Offering) Tenth Tractate 'Orla (Fruit of First Three Years) Eleventh Tractate Bikkurim (First-fruits) Second Order Mo'ed (Appointed Times) Introduction First Tractate Shabbat (The Sabbath) Second Tractate Eruvin (Boundaries) Third Tractate Pesahim (The Passover) Fourth Tractate Sheqalim (The Annual Temple Tax) Fifth Tractate Yoma (The Day) Sixth Tractate Sukka (Tabernacles) Seventh Tractate Betza (Festival Laws) Eighth Tractate Rosh Hashana (The New Year) Ninth Tractate Ta'anit (Public Fasts) Tenth Tractate Megilla (Purim) Eleventh Tractate Mo'ed Qatan (Middle Days of Festivals) Twelfth Tractate Hagiga (The Festival Sacrifice) Third Order Nashim (Women) Introduction First Tractate Yevamot (Sisters-in-law) Second Tractate Ketubot (Marriage Entitlements) Third Tractate Nedarim (Vows) Fourth Tractate Nazir (The Nazirite) Fifth Tractate Sota (The Wayward Wife) Sixth Tractate Gittin (Divorce) Seventh Tractate Qiddushin (Betrothal) Fourth Order Nesiqin (Damages) Introduction First Tractate Bava Qama (The First Gate) Second Tractate Bava Metzi'a (The Middle Gate) Third Tractate Bava Batra (The Last Gate) Fourth Tractate Sanhedrin (The Court) Fifth Tractate Makkot (Flogging) Sixth Tractate Shavuot (Oaths) Seventh Tractate Eduyot (Testimonies—Legal Precedents) Eighth Tractate Avoda Zara (Idolatry) Ninth Tractate Avot (Wisdom of the Fathers) Tenth Tractate Horayot (Decisions) Fifth Order Qodashim (Holy Things) Introduction First Tractate Zevahim (Sacrifices) Second Tractate Menahot (Grain Offerings) Third Tractate Hullin (Unconsecrated Meat) Fourth Tractate Bekhorot (First-born) Fifth Tractate Arakhin (Valuations) Sixth Tractate Temura (Substitutes) Seventh Tractate Keritot (Exclusions) Eighth Tractate Me'ila (Sacrilege) Ninth Tractate Qinnim (Bird Pairs) Tenth Tractate Tamid (Regular Temple Procedure) Eleventh Tractate Middot (Temple Measurements) Sixth Order Tohorot (Purities) Introduction First Tractate Kelim (Artefacts) Second Tractate Ohalot (Tents) Third Tractate Nega'im (Plagues) Fourth Tractate Parah (The Red Heifer) Fifth Tractate Tohorot (Purities) Sixth Tractate Miqva'ot (Pools) Seventh Tractate Nidda (Menstruant) Eighth Tractate Makhshirin (Enablers of Impurity) Ninth Tractate Zavim (Discharges) Tenth Tractate T'vul Yom (Immersed That Day) Eleventh Tractate Yadayim (Hands) Twelfth Tractate 'Uqtzin (Stalks) Timeline Glossary Appendixes I. The Jewish Calendar II. Tithes and Sabbatical Years III. Coins, Weights and Measures IV. Books of the Bible V. Tractates of the Mishna in Alphabetical Order VI. Hebrew Names and Transliteration Bibliography Primary Texts English Translations Secondary Works Maps Sacred Writings Index General Index