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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Holy Things, Part Four: Arakhin, Temurah: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Holy Things, Part Four: Arakhin, Temurah: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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Part four of this series resumes Jacob Neusner’s discussion of the Mishnaic law of Holy Things, concerning matters pertaining to the Temple and its cult. Neusner translates and explains the Mishnah-tractates Arakhin and Temurah. Arakhin centers on gifts of the value of persons or property to the Temple, and Temurah deals with the rules of substitution when giving gifts in the Temple, such as exchanging one animal at the altar for another.

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.).