The Babylonian Talmud

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The Babylonian Talmud 10 Book edition Translated by Michael Rodkinson [1918] The Talmud (Hebrew תַּלְמוּד talmūd "instruction, learning", from a root lmd "teach, study") is a central text of mainstream Judaism, in the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs and history. The Talmud has two components the Mishnah (c. 200 the first written compendium of Judaism's Oral Law; and the Gemara (c. 500 a discussion of the Mishnah and related Tannaitic writings that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Tanakh. The terms Talmud and Gemara are often used interchangeably. The Gemara is the basis for all codes of rabbinic law and is much quoted in other rabbinic literature. The whole Talmud is also traditionally referred to as Shas (ש"ס), a Hebrew abbreviation of shisha sedarim, the "six orders" of the Mishnah. (Source Wikipedia) The Talmud is a vast collection of Jewish laws and traditions. Despite the dry subject matter the Talmud makes interesting reading because it is infused with vigorous intellectual debate, humor and deep wisdom. As the saying goes, 'you don't have to be Jewish' to appreciate this text. If you put in the hard work required to read the Talmud, your mind will get a worldclass workout. The process of studying the Talmud has been compared with the practice of Zen Buddhist Koan meditation, and for good reason. Rodkinsons' tenbook edition, the only extensive one currently in the public domain, contains complete translations of the 'Festivals' and 'Jurisprudence' sections of the Talmud. Book 1 Tract Sabbath Book 2 Tracts Erubin, Shekalim, Rosh Hashana Book 3 Tracts Pesachim, Yomah and Hagiga Book 4 Tracts Betzh, Succah, Moed Katan, Taanith, Megilla and Ebel Rabbathi or Semahoth Book 5 Tracts Aboth, Derech EretzRabba, Derech EretzZuta, and Baba Kama (First Gate) Book 6 Tract Baba Kama (First Gate), Part and Tract Baba Metzia (Middle Gate) Book 7 Tract Baba Bathra (Last Gate) Book 8 Tract Sanhedrin Section Jurisprudence (Damages) Book 9 Tracts Maccoth, Shebuoth, Eduyoth, Abuda Zara, and Horioth Book 10 History of the Talmud


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