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Talmud, Mishnah, and Rabbinic Literature

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Abrams, Judith Z.. Learn Talmud: How to Use the Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition. Jason Aronson. 1995. AISN/ISBN: 1568214634.

Judith Abrams, author of the highly acclaimed The Talmud for Beginners, Volumes I & II, creates yet another way of making Talmud study easy and accessible for the novice. Rabbi Abrams has chosen to work with the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud, edited and with commentary by Adin Steinsaltz, one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. This volume is a must for both student and teacher.

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Abrams, Judith Z.. The Talmud for Beginners: Living in a Non-Jewish World. Vol. 3. Jason Aronson. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0765799677.

Rabbi Abrams demonstrates again the wisdom and the vitality of the Talmud. Again she leads the reader through the sea of Talmud and shows how to apply it to the lives of her readers. She shows how to live a Jewish life and live the ethical life that God desires. By applying these principles, the reader can, once again, "be a light unto the world." This book is a blessing of learning and living. You absolutely will see how to apply the principles of the Torah and Talmud in everyday life.

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Abrams, Judith Z.. The Talmud for Beginners: Prayer. Vol. 1. Jason Aronson. 1994. AISN/ISBN: 1568210221.

Described as "pre-Steinsaltz," i.e., introduction to Talmud for those with no background in it at all. The work's goal is to demonstrate that the Talmud is not just a collection of arcane laws dealing with the minutiae of Jewish civil law and ritual observance. The author wants us to hear the Talmud's spiritual voice, and see the theological vision of our relationship to God that inspired and unified the work of the classical rabbis. By taking the reader through tractate "Berakhot," which deals with prayer, she largely succeeds, showing that the Talmud need not be daunting and that it has a truly spiritual aspect. You do not need to learn any of the hermeneutical rules or understand dialectical argument in order to read and appreciate this book, a very successful introduction for beginners.

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Abrams, Judith Z.. The Talmud for Beginners: Text. Vol. 2. Jason Aronson. 1993. AISN/ISBN: 0876685971.

A series intended to introduce the Talmud to the sophisticated novice.

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Blackman, Philip (ed., tr.). Mishnayoth. Judaica Press. 6 vols. 1979. AISN/ISBN: 0910818002.

The full set of six volumes includes the full Hebrew text of the Mishnah, plus an English translation and explanatory notes. This popular set, the fruit of twenty-seven years of intensive labor by an outstanding scholar of Judaica, opens the basic work of Jewish oral law to study. Every page of the Hebrew text of the Mishnah is accompanied by Rabbi Blackman's lucid and literal English translation. His enlightening introductions, supplements, and notes make this set indispensable. This attractive set includes the six volumes of the Mishnah and a seventh supplement and index volume.

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Bleefeld, Bradley N. and Robert L. Shook (eds.). Saving the World Entire: And 100 Other Beloved Parables from the Talmud. Plume Books. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0452279887.

Talmud, a Hebrew word that means "instruction," is the name given to a sprawling collection of Jewish writings begun in the second century, which are still being written today and include teachings on every conceivable aspect of Jewish life, from the sublime to the mundane. There are two basic modes of Talmudic writing: halacha, or legal writings, and aggadah, or stories, parables, and sermons. In this work, the editors have collected 100 of the liveliest stories from the aggadah. The result is a small devotional book of simple, clear stories, organized in groups relating to values, insight, fulfillment, and destiny, that is as emotionally comforting as Chicken Soup for the Soul, but almost as intellectually demanding as Torah itself.

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Boccaccini, Gabriele. Roots of Rabbinic Judaism: An Intellectural History, from Ezekiel to Daniel. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 2001. AISN/ISBN: 0802843611.

Through careful analysis of Second Temple sources, Boccaccini explores the earliest roots of the Rabbinic system of thought in the period from the Babylonian exile to the Maccabean revolt, or from Ezekiel to Daniel. He argues convincingly that a line of thought links Rabbinic Judaism back to Zadokite Judaism through the mediation of the Pharisaic movement. In a bold challenge to the long-held scholarly notion that Rabbinic Judaism was already an established presence during the Second Temple period, the author argues that Rabbinic Judaism was actually a daring reform movement that developed following the destruction of the Jerusalem temple and that only took shape in the first centuries of the common era. This work is sure to be widely debated by all interested in the origins and development of modern Judaism.

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Cohen, Abraham and Jacob Neusner. Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages. Schocken Books. 1995. AISN/ISBN: 0805210326.

The Talmud is among the great books of wisdom, like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita, whose citation gives a speaker instant credibility. Also like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita, the Talmud is a powerful source of allusion in large part even though so few people have really read it. People don't read the Talmud because they think it's inaccessible--the sprawling collection of rabbinic writings is added to in each generation, and its significance is nothing less than the summary of Judaism. This work is one of the best guides to the Talmud's labyrinthine form: it's a monumental work of scholarly summary that describes all the basic doctrines of Judaism.

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Danby, Herbert (tr.). Mishnah. Oxford Univ Press. 1933. AISN/ISBN: 019815402X.

This work is an excellent translation of the Mishnah. The inclusion of foonotes throughout the text helps dispel some of the difficulty of understanding this specialized legal material. The author has also included several useful appendices which deal with topics like weights and measures and identification of the teachers quoted in the Mishnah. One especially useful appendix is "The Rules of Uncleanness" by Elijah, the Gaon of Vilna. Originally printed in 1933, this work is still a timely and valued addition to the library of those who want to understand this historical text.

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Elkins, Dov Peretz. The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud. Jewish Lights Publishing. 2007. AISN/ISBN: 1580233279.

The Talmud inaugurated a series of efforts to clarify the Bible that continues to this day. Aptly describing these efforts as “a conversation between generations,” Rabbi Elkins adds his commentary to the commentaries, focusing on the implications of the Talmud's teachings for human behavior. Since ethical and moral acts constitute the core of Judaism, Elkins begins by exploring Jews’ responsibility for the welfare of others. He goes on to specify the significance of the Golden Rule, following with a chapter on the importance of fairness, humility, flexibility and dignity. Next, Elkins discusses the family, emphasizing the difficulty of finding the right mate, but insisting that it is equally vital to work on maintaining the marital relationship. He also considers connections to parents and children. The penultimate section describes Talmudic views on teaching and learning, stressing the requirement to transmit the Jewish heritage from one generation to the next. Finally, Elkins examines dilemmas humans confront such as the problems of earning a living, rejecting extremism, seeking to grasp too much and recognizing the good things people do despite their imperfections. This introduction to the morality of Judaism contributes significantly to our practical understanding of Talmudic wisdom.

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Epstein, Isidore (ed.). The Babylonian Talmud with Introduction and Commentary. Soncino Press, Ltd. 1990. AISN/ISBN: 1871055504.

For centuries the Babylonian Talmud has been accessible only to scholars of Aramaic and Hebrew. Compiled by the greatest minds of 35 generations, the Talmud is considered to be the pillar of traditional Jewish scholarship and weaves together halacha, the exposition of Jewish laws and customs, their biblical derivations and their practical application in every realm of human relations; and aggadah, a rich rabbinic folklore, full of legends, maxims, ethical writings, and esoteric interpretations of Jewish law and observance. Now this resplendent body of knowledge is completely and definitively translated into English. This lucid and critically acclaimed English rendering has been prepared by world-renowned talmudic scholars under the direction of Rabbi Epstein. The Soncino Talmud is the crowning glory of any home library. This popular edition of the Babylonian Talmud contains the full original Hebrew-Aramaic text with the Soncino Press English translation on facing pages. Also included is a helpful commentary in the form of explanatory notes which clarify sources as well as hard to understand portions. Each volume measures close in size to, and follows the exact format of, the classic Vilna edition of the Talmud. (Boxed ed. Individual volumes available.)

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Goldin, Judah (tr.). The Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan. Yale University Press. 1990. AISN/ISBN: 0300046979.

This is the first English translation of The Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan, one of the richest depositories of rabbinic reflections on the study of the Torah. It is the earliest commentary on Abot, the only tractate of the Mishnah that docs not deal with legal matters but exclusively with "agada," an unlimited variety of religious, ethical, and edifying subjects. Through maxims, comments, parables, and stories, this work gives insight into the folklore of Palestine, the character of rabbinic thought in New Testament times, and the views of the Pharisees and their successors on man's relationships with himself, his fellow man, the universe, and God. Goldin's work is a welcome addition to the growing library of rabbinic texts in English, not only because it is the first attempt at a complete translation of the "minor" yet important talmudic tractate, but also because it demonstrates genuine scholarship and the creative contribution that can be made in the area of translation.

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Hauptman, Judith. Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman's Voice. Westview Press. 1999. AISN/ISBN: 0813334063.

The author provides a clear, scholarly, and accessible study of the treatment of women in Talmudic legal interpretations, comparing these interpretations with the Torah itself. This fresh approach to the problems raised for contemporary Jews by biblical and Talmudic patriarchy and by what the author sees as the second-class status of women leads to important results. Hauptman discovers that while "the rabbis upheld patriarchy as the preordained mode of social organization, as dictated by the Torah...they began to introduce numerous, significant, and occasionally bold corrective measures to ameliorate the lot of women" and occasionally granted women new benefits, "even at men's expense." Essential for Jewish collections.

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Hilton, Michael and Marshall Gordian. The Gospels and Rabbinic Judaism: A Study Guide. Ktav Publishers. 1988. AISN/ISBN: 0881253030.

This book has grown out of Bible studies carried on jointly by a Dominican priest and a Jewish rabbi. New Testament and rabbinic texts have been studied by various combined groups of Jews and Christians and the reactions of the groups noted by the authors. From their experience a textbook has emerged for others to use, ideally in similar joint groups. The main topics covered are "the great commandment," the synagogue and its function, the parable, the Sabbath, divorce and forgiveness. These topics differ not only in subject matter, but also in the type of comparison offered-legal, historical, literary, theological and even contrasting themes. Reading the texts will produce questions for dialogue-some suggested questions for discussion are also included, along with a useful glossary and a bibliography.

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Holtz, Barry W. (ed.). Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts. Summit Books. 1986. AISN/ISBN: 0671605968.

This work provides a superb introduction to the classic Jewish texts: the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, medieval Bible commentaries, medieval philosophical works, Zohar and other kabbalistic works, Hasidic teachings, and the siddur. Each chapter is written for non-experts and provide superb guidance, whether you are planning to study the texts or simply want to know more about them. This book is recommended for anyone with interests in these texts or in Jewish intellectual history.

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Kehati, Pinchas. Mishnayot Kehati. Feldheim. 2005. AISN/ISBN: 1583300805.

An excellent edition of the mishnayot containing the vowelized Hebrew text and English translation of Rabbi Pinchas Kehati's famous commentary. Regular size edition. 21-volume set.

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Mielziner, Moses. Introduction to the Talmud. Bloch Publishing Co. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0819700150.

The Talmud, that monumental composition of Jewish law and lore, filling twelve folio volumes, is the evolutionary product of compilation that spans about eight centuries. Introduction to the Talmud is designed to facilitate the study of an exceedingly intricate subject. Here, in scholarly yet readable form, is an historical and literary introduction to the Talmud and an examination of its component parts, legal, hermeneutics, terminology and methodology.

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Neusner, Jacob. The Mishnah: A New Translation. Yale Univ Press. 1991. AISN/ISBN: 0300050224.

The great advantage of this work is that it has the entire Mishnah in one volume. It is also by and large readable. Neusner has compiled the translations of several of his students in this work, resulting in an unevenness to the quality of translation. Some tractates are well-translated and others seem to lack the idiomatic quality which one who reads Hebrew understands in the original. The mishnayot in each perek are arranged in such an manner that they resemble how they were learned in the oral academies of old and are still learned among students in modern yeshivot. This work is recommended to complement other editions such as Danby's translation (Oxford University Press) or Blackman's Mishnayoth (Judaica Press).

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Neusner, Jacob. The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary (CD). Hendrickson Publishers. 2007. AISN/ISBN: 1598560638.

The Talmud of Babylonia (a.k.a., the Bavli, or Babylonian Talmud), is a sustained commentary on the written and oral law of Israel. Compiled between 200–600 C.E., it offers a magnificent record of how Jewish scholars preserved a humane and enduring civilization. This monumental English translation was completed nearly a decade ago, but was extraordinarily expensive and difficult to find. This is the full Talmud on CD-ROM for effortless searching and research.

The Hebrew Scriptures contain many hundreds of laws both religious and civil. They concern the Temple (in Exodus), the priesthood (in Leviticus), the Temple offerings and other rites (in Numbers), and the social order of Israel (in Deuteronomy). These may rightly be called the written law (Torah). The oral law is the extension of these precepts to cover all of life and its contingencies. The oral law (or Mishnah) was written down by rabbinic sages about 100-200 C.E. With the Talmud, Jewish sages systematized the laws in Scripture together with those of the oral tradition. While the Mishnah records rules governing the conduct of the holy life of Israel, the Talmud contains commentary on the details of the Mishnah. Israel’s oral law found its definitive expression in the Talmud.

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Olitzky, Kerry M. (ed.) and Leonard S. Kravitz (tr.). Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics. Union of American Hebrew Congregations. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0807404802.

"Pirke Avot" (the "Chapter of the Fathers") is a tractate of the Mishnah that collects not laws but sayings of the tannaitic rabbis, mostly concerning the virtues of Torah study and the proper conduct of scholars. This commentary is very helpful for understanding the plain meaning of the text, but seldom goes beyond the plain meaning to explore the theological or ethical significance of the passage. The translation is colloquial and inclusive.

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Parry, Aaron. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Talmud. Alpha Books. 2004. AISN/ISBN: 1592572022.

An insightful look at one of the most unusual written works ever created. Compiled centuries ago by a group of wise men as a way to preserve the oral traditions of the Jewish faith, the Talmud has challenged and thrilled some of the world's greatest minds with its complex approach to exploring ideas and subjects from virtually every possible angle. This essential guide makes the ancient text of the "oral Torah" accessible for all readers, whether they're Jewish or not.

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Rabinovits, Natan David ben Yehudah Leyb. The Iggeres of Rav Sherira Gaon. Ahavath Torah Institute-Moznaim Press. 1988. AISN/ISBN: B0007BJCTC.

Written in Aramaic in 4747 (987 CE), this is a history of the mesorah from Sinai until his day. Translated into both Hebrew and English.

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Shapiro, Rami M.. Wisdom of the Jewish Sages: A Modern Reading of Pirke Avot. Bell Tower. 1995. AISN/ISBN: 0517799669.

This work is testimony to the humanity of Judaism's wisest rabbis: is easy to pick up, turn to any page, and read something that can resonate inside you. The writing was at once accessible and long-lasting. This is an excellent book, one that should be in every library.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. Essential Talmud. Basic Books. 1984. AISN/ISBN: 0465020631.

This work describes exactly what the Talmud is, giving its history and an overview of its contents. This work puts the Talmud into context and charts its development and its importance to the Jewish people and their identity. It describes the various sections of the Talmud, where they came from and who wrote them: from the Mishnah to the Tosafot. This is a useful starting point for the novice to learn about the Talmud.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 1: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part I. Random House. 1989. AISN/ISBN: 0394576667.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 2: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part II. Random House. 1990. AISN/ISBN: 0394582330.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 3: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part III. Random House. 1990. AISN/ISBN: 0394582349.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 4: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part IV. Random House. 1991. AISN/ISBN: 0394588533.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 5: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part V. Random House. 1992. AISN/ISBN: 0679413790.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 6: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part VI. Random House. 1993. AISN/ISBN: 0679413782.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 7: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part I. Random House. 1991. AISN/ISBN: 0679407693.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 8: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part II. Random House. 1992. AISN/ISBN: 0679416323.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 9: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part III. Random House. 1993. AISN/ISBN: 0679426949.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 10: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part IV. Random House. 1994. AISN/ISBN: 0679428992.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 11: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part V. Random House. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 0679443975.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 12: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part VI. Random House. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 067942962X.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 13: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ta'Anit, Part I. Random House. 1995. AISN/ISBN: 0679429611.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 14: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ta'Anit, Part II. Random House. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 0679443983.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 15: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part I. Random House. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 0679452222.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 16: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part II. Random House. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0375500634.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 17: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part III. Random House. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0375501835.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 18: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part IV. Random House. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0375501827.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 19: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part V. Random House. 1999. AISN/ISBN: 0375502483.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 20: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part VI. Random House. 1999. AISN/ISBN: 0375502475.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud Vol. 21: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part VII. Random House. 1999. AISN/ISBN: 0375503501.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition: A Reference Guide. Random House. 1989. AISN/ISBN: 0394576659.

Steinsaltz's translation of the Talmud is a landmark addition to the field of Jewish rabbinic writings. This massive undertaking makes the oral law, legends, and philosophy of the Talmud more accessible to the English-speaking world. The author has here produced a clear and lucid translation and commentary plus an invaluable reference guide. The guide describes the essential nature of the Talmud, its historical background, and the methodology, terminology, and legal and philosophic concepts used. It analyzes Aramaic, the language of the Talmud, showing its relationship to Hebrew, and also gives a chronology of the personages quoted. Steinsaltz presents the original Aramaic text, with both literal translation and a more detailed translation and commentary. Also included on each page are an explanation of the terminology used, notes in English summarizing the views of various commentators, and the commentary of Rashi, a medieval scholar, in his original Hebrew text. Each page is laid out to resemble the original: in the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, vocalized, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition. Recommended without reservation to all libraries with an interest in religion and Judaic studies.

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Strack, Herman L.; Gunter Stemberger and Markus Bockmuehl. Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash. Fortress Press. 1992. AISN/ISBN: 0800625242.

This is simply the best work available on the subject. Each section is based on a common plan: The text is briefly discussed; variant textual versions of texts are discussed; English translations are noted; and a detailed review is then given of the past hundred years of critical study on the document in question. It has sections on rabbinical hermeneutics and the oral and written law. The work covers the Mishna, Tosefta, Palestinian Talmud, Babylonian Talmud and the extracanonical tractates, as well as all of the classical midrashim compilations (midrash, including all the halakhic, exegetical and homiletic midrashim). Note: this is not a book for beginners. For those who want an introduction to rabbinical literature, Barry W. Holtz (ed.). Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, is an excellent source.

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Telushkin, Joseph. Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events, and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible. William Morrow & Co. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0688142974.

Telushkin retells the Bible's tales in a way that will acquaint the reader with each event's most important details and gleans from them insights about living: how to raise children, honor parents, serve God, resist evil leaders and more.

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Visotsky, Burton. Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text. Schocken Books. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 0805210725.

This book is designed to provide an "introduction to the meaningful reading of Scripture," and is aimed at all readers, "regardless of religious background." To achieve this purpose, the author provides numerous examples of rabbinic methods of interpreting biblical texts. He suggests that those methods can be used profitably by readers who wish to get more from their Bible reading. He also describes two conditions essential to the worthwhile reading of scriptures: reading with a "community" (one or more additional persons) and reading with an open mind. Approaching this book with an open mind is important, for some readers may feel that Visotzky takes liberties in interpreting the text at hand. Nonetheless, liberal-thinking readers will find this interesting and witty. For larger biblical studies collections.

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Zlotowitz, Scherkan (ed.). Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud: Talmud Bavli, Available in Hebrew or English. 73 volumes. Artscroll Press. 2005. AISN/ISBN: 1578190673.

Artscroll texts are said to be "head and shoulders" above the rest. The translation and commentary are so superior to others such as Soncino as to make it no comparison.





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