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Jacob Neusner and other researchers in Judaic studies critically assess the modern history of the study of the Mishnah, beginning with Jacob N. Epstein, early twentieth-century rabbinic scholar, and concluding with more recent contributions from such scholars as Hanokh Albeck, Abraham Goldberg, and Benjamin DeVries.

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.).