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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Appointed Times, Part Three: Sheqalim, Yoma, Sukkah: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Appointed Times, Part Three: Sheqalim, Yoma, Sukkah: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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This is the third of a five-part presentation of the Mishnaic law of Appointed Times. Jacob Neusner provides a translation and explanation of three different Mishnah-tractates: Sheqalim, Yoma, and Sukkah. Sheqalim pertains to the collection of the sheqel-tax—a poll tax owed by Israelite males. Yoma is a narrative about the way in which the high priest spends the week before the Day of Atonement. Sukkah deals with the feast of tabernacles. Neusner examines these three tractates chapter by chapter, comparing the themes in them with those found in other Mishnah tractates and other Scripture.

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.).