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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Holy Things, Part Three: Hullin, Bekhorot: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Holy Things, Part Three: Hullin, Bekhorot: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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In part three of a six part series, Jacob Neusner continues his discussion on the Mishnaic law of Holy Things, which concern matters pertaining to the Temple and its cult. Here, Neusner offers a translation and explanation of the Mishnah-tractates Hullin and Bekhorot. Hullin deals with the preparation and use of meat, while Bekhorot focuses on three kinds of firstborn: man, the clean beast (the flock or herd deemed holy to be given to the priest), and the unclean beast (the donkey).

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.).