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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Damages, Part Four: Shebuot, Eduyot, Abodah Zarah, Abot, Horayot: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Damages, Part Four: Shebuot, Eduyot, Abodah Zarah, Abot, Horayot: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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In part four of Jacob Neusner’s examination of the Mishnaic law of damages, he provides a translation and explanation of the following Mishnah tractates: Shebuot, Eduyot, Abodah Zarah, Abot, and Horayot. Shebuot deals with guilt offerings. Eduyot pertains to decisions made by religious authorities. Abodah Zarah concerns the issue of idolatry. Abot contains no law but is instead a collection of sayings from rabbinic leaders. Horayot deals with collective sin. Neusner examines these tractates chapter by chapter, comparing their themes with those found in other Mishnah tractates and other Scripture passages.

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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.).