The Mishnah: Translated from the Hebrew With Introduction and Brief Explanatory Notes

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The Mishnah, understood to be the written form of the Jewish Oral Law, was preserved by the rabbis following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, and was completed in approximately 200 CE. More than four centuries of Jewish religious thought and activity are found within this text, and it is as important to the development of Judaism as the New Testament is to the development of Christianity.

Author Biography

Herbert Danby (1889-1953) was an Anglican priest and a professor at Oxford University who spent a number of years in Palestine in the first half of the twentieth century. His interest in, and translation into English of, ancient Jewish writings helped to change the attitudes of scholars away from anti-Semitism in the mid-twentieth century.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
Purpose and character of the Mishnahp. xiii
Origin and developmentp. xvii
Arrangement, method, and languagep. xxiii
History of interpretationp. xxvii
Text and editionsp. xxx
The Mishnah
First Division, Zeraim ('Seeds')p. 1
Berakoth ('Benedictions')p. 2
Peah ('Gleanings')p. 10
Demai ('Produce not certainly tithed')p. 20
Kilaim ('Diverse Kinds')p. 28
Shebiith ('The Seventh Year')p. 39
Terumoth ('Heave-offerings')p. 52
Maaseroth ('Tithes')p. 66
Maaser Sheni ('Second Tithe')p. 73
Hallah ('Dough-offering')p. 83
Orlah ('The Fruit of Young Trees')p. 89
Bikkurim ('First-fruits')p. 93
Second Division, Moed ('Set Feasts')p. 99
Shabbath ('The Sabbath')p. 100
Erubin ('The Fusion of Sabbath Limits')p. 121
Pesahim ('Feast of Passover')p. 136
Shekalim ('The Shekel Dues')p. 152
Yoma ('The Day of Atonement')p. 162
Sukkah ('The Feast of Tabernacles')p. 172
Yom Tob or Betzah, ('Festival-days')p. 181
Rosh ha-Shanah ('Feast of the New Year')p. 188
Taanith ('Days of Fasting')p. 194
Megillah ('The Scroll of Esther')p. 201
Moed Katan ('Mid-Festival Days')p. 207
Hagigah ('The Festal Offering')p. 211
Third Division, Nashim ('Women')p. 217
Yebamoth ('Sisters-in-law')p. 218
Ketuboth ('Marriage Deeds')p. 245
Nedarim ('Vows')p. 264
Nazir ('The Nazirite-vow')p. 280
Sotah ('The Suspected Adulteress')p. 293
Gittin ('Bills of Divorce')p. 307
Kiddushin ('Betrothals')p. 321
Fourth Division, Nezikin ('Damages')p. 331
Baba Kamma ('The First Gate')p. 332
Baba Metzia ('The Middle Gate')p. 347
Baba Bathra ('The Last Gate')p. 365
Sanhedrin ('The Sanhedrin')p. 382
Makkoth ('Stripes')p. 401
Shebuoth ('Oaths')p. 408
Eduyoth ('Testimonies')p. 422
Abodah Zarah ('Idolatry')p. 437
Aboth ('The Fathers')p. 446
Horayoth ('Instructions')p. 461
Fifth Division, Kodashim ('Hallowed Things')p. 467
Zebahim ('Animal-offerings')p. 468
Menahoth ('Meal-offerings')p. 491
Hullin ('Animals killed for food')p. 513
Bekhoroth ('Firstlings')p. 529
Arakhin ('Vows of Valuation')p. 544
Temurah ('The Substituted Offering')p. 554
Kerithoth ('Extirpation')p. 562
Meilah ('Sacrilege')p. 573
Tamid ('The Daily Whole-offering')p. 582
Middoth ('Measurements')p. 589
Kinnim ('The Bird-offerings')p. 598
Sixth Division, Tohoroth ('Cleannesses')p. 603
Kelim ('Vessels')p. 604
Oholoth ('Tents')p. 649
Negaim ('Leprosy-signs')p. 676
Parah ('The Red Heifer')p. 697
Tohoroth ('Cleannesses')p. 714
Mikwaoth ('Immersion-pools')p. 732
Niddah ('The Menstruant')p. 745
Makshirin ('Predisposers')p. 758
Zabim ('They that suffer a flux')p. 767
Tebul Yom ('He that immersed himself that day')p. 773
Yadaim ('Hands')p. 778
Uktzin ('Stalks')p. 785
Appendixesp. 791
Glossary of Untranslated Hebrew Termsp. 793
Tables of Money, Weights and Measuresp. 797
Rabbinical Teachers quoted or referred to in the text of the Mishnahp. 799
The Rules of Uncleanness, as summarized by Elijah, the Gaon of Wilnap. 800
Alphabetical List of Abbreviated Titles of the tractates of the Mishnahp. 806
Index of Biblical Passages quoted in the text of the Mishnahp. 807
General Indexp. 812
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