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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine$
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Martin Goodman and Philip Alexander

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264744

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.001.0001

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The State of Mishnah Studies

The State of Mishnah Studies

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(p.91) 6 The State of Mishnah Studies
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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
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AMRAM TROPPER

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0007

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

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