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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Damages, Part Three: Baba Batra, Sanhedrin, Makkot: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Damages, Part Three: Baba Batra, Sanhedrin, Makkot: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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In this volume, Jacob Neusner continues his breakdown of the Mishnaic law of damages. He provides a translation and explanation of the following Mishnah tractates: Baba Batra, Sanhedrin, and Makkot. Baba Batra deals with real estate transactions and legal documents, with special attention paid to wills and bonds of indebtedness. Sanhedrin pertains to the organization of the Israelite government and court-system and punishments administered to those convicted by the courts of having committed various crimes. Makkot contains similar themes to Sanhedrin, concerning Israelite government and the punishments they administer. Neusner examines these tractates chapter by chapter, comparing their 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.).