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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Purities, Part One: Kelim: Chapters One through Eleven

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Purities, Part One: Kelim: Chapters One through Eleven

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2006

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Kelim (literally “vessels”) is the first tractate in the Order of Tohorot in the Mishnah. It contains 30 chapters, making it the longest tractate in the entire Mishnah. It discusses the laws of ritual purity and impurity pertaining to all types of vessels. This first volume deals with the first 11 chapters of the Kelim.

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.).