Jacob Neusner continues his discussion of the Mishnah-tractate Tohorot, describing its literary and historical problems. He considers the forms and formulary patterns of the Tohorot and how it became law.
Title: A History of the Mishnaic Law of Purities, Part Twelve: Tohorot: Literary and Historical Problems
Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.