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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Purities, Part Fourteen: Miqvaot: Literary and Historical Problems

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Purities, Part Fourteen: Miqvaot: Literary and Historical Problems

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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Jacob Neusner evaluates the literary and historical problems of the Miqvaot by examining how it relates to the Mishnah and Tosefta. He considers the forms and formulary patterns of the laws, then goes on to outline the Miqvaot in the rabbinic cities of Yahneh and Usha, covering such topics as the purification of water and restoring the suitability of unfit water.

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.).