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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Damages, Part One: Baba Qamma: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Damages, Part One: Baba Qamma: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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This is the first of a five-part presentation of the Mishnaic law of damages. Jacob Neusner provides a translation and explanation of Baba Qamma, the Mishnah tractate that deals with damages done by one’s chattel (oxen) and damages done by oneself, with particular focus on theft. Neusner examines Baba Qamma chapter by chapter, comparing its themes with those found in other Mishnah tractates and other Scripture passages.

Author Bio

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.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).