The Talmud is a compilation of rabbinic discussions that comprise the foundation of Jewish law and tradition. The Talmuds are structured as expansions and commentary on the Mishnah, an early written compilation of the Oral Torah produced circa 200 CE. These Talmudic commentaries on Jewish morals, values, customs, history, and biblical interpretation had previously been passed down orally.
To preserve these oral traditions, the Talmuds were assembled in written form. Two different Talmuds were produced by Jewish scholars—The Jerusalem Talmud or Yerushalmi circa 400 C.E. and the Babylonian Talmud or Bavli circa 600 C.E. Logos is proud to offer the English translations of both The Babylonian Talmud and The Jerusalem Talmud, edited by the celebrated scholar of Judaism, Jacob Neusner.
An expert on the sprawling literature of the 1st through 6th century rabbis who shaped modern Judaism, Neusner is an empire builder, a central figure in wrestling an examination of Judaism into America's universities.
Jacob Neusner is the most published Judaic scholar of our time and an internationally renowned expert in Talmudic literature. The book under review is an excellent teaching tool for introductory and more advanced courses in Talmud and rabbinic literature in general.
—Review of Biblical Literature
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology, Bard College, and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He has published more than nine hundred books and innumerable articles, and he is editor of The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period and the five-volume Encyclopaedia of Judaism. He has also served as President of the American Academy of Religion, and was appointed as Member of the National Council on the Humanities and the National Council on the Arts.