Talmud (Rodkinson)

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translated by
Michael Levi Rodkinson

The Talmud (Hebrew: תַּלְמוּד) is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history. It is a central text of Rabbinic Judaism, second only to the Hebrew Bible in importance.

The Talmud has two components: the Mishnah (c. 200 CE), the first written compendium of Judaism's Oral Law; and the Gemara (c. 500 CE), a discussion of the Mishnah and related Tannaitic writings that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Tanakh.

This edition Talmud is based on the 1918 printing of the translation by Michael Rodkinson in 1903. It has been edited by Wikisource so that it can be presented either in the format it was originally published in or in the Talmud's traditional structure of most other printings of the Talmud to which the Rodkinson printed edition does not conform.

It should be noted that the Rodkinson edition is not complete; there are several tractates which were not translated by Rodkinson and are thus not included in this edition and there are several tractates for which there is no Gemara but which Rodkinson chose to translate and include anyway.

Full text of this book in the internet: [1]

Structure of the 1918 printing[edit]

  1. Book 1: Tract Sabbath
  2. Book 2: Tracts Erubin, Shekalim, Rosh Hashana
  3. Book 3: Tracts Pesachim, Yomah and Hagiga
  4. Book 4: Tracts Betzah, Succah, Moed Katan, Taanith, Megilla and Ebel Rabbathi or Semahoth
  5. Book 5: Tracts Aboth, Derech Eretz-Rabba, Derech Eretz-Zuta, and Baba Kama (First Gate)
  6. Book 6: Tract Baba Kama (First Gate), Part II and Tract Baba Metzia (Middle Gate)
  7. Book 7: Tract Baba Bathra (Last Gate)
  8. Book 8: Tract Sanhedrin: Section Jurisprudence (Damages)
  9. Book 9: Tracts Maccoth, Shebuoth, Eduyoth, Abuda Zara, and Horioth
  10. Book 10: History of the Talmud

Traditional Talmudic structure[edit]

Seder Moed and Seder Nezikin
Seder Moed Seder Nezikin
Shabbat Bava Kamma
Eruvin Bava Metzia
Pesachim Bava Batra
Rosh Hashanah Sanhedrin
Yoma Makkot
Sukkah Shevuot
Shekalim Eduyot
Beitzah Avodah Zarah
Taanit Avot
Megillah Horayot
Moed Katan Derech Eretz Rabba
Chagigah Derech Eretz Zuta
Evel Rabbati
History of the Talmud