Concluding his five-part presentation of the Mishnaic law of Appointed Times, Jacob Neusner analyzes the system as a whole and describes the formation of each tractate—from Shabbat to Hagigah. Neusner then outlines the Mishnaic law of Appointed Times over the course of various time periods, such as the Time of the Temple and the period of Yavneh from 70 to 120 A.D.
“First, let us ask, what do we mean by a history of the Mishnaic law? The simplest meaning of ‘history’ is dual. First, we want to know what idea or law came first and what came afterward. Second, we propose to ask how the sequence of legal facts established as history relates to some larger scheme or context of unfolding events and meanings, whether social or intellectual. That is, we want to relate the history of legal facts, their temporal sequence, to the social realities or intellectual issues of the historical context in which these facts take place.” (Page 2)