This second volume of a two-part project on the Mishnah displays a broad selection of approaches to the study of the Mishnah in the contemporary academy. The work derives from Israel, North America, and Europe and shows the intellectual vitality of scholarship in all three centers of learning. What these articles show in diverse ways is that the Mishnah forms a critical focus of the study of Judaism. The authors of these studies represent the best of contemporary scholarship on the Mishnah. Because of the many viewpoints included here, this is the most representative selection of contemporary Mishnah-study available in any collection in a Western language.
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Alan J. Avery-Peck is Raft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies in the Religious Studies Department at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.
All those interested in the history of Judaism in Late Antiquity, Rabbinic Literature, and the history of Rabbinic Judaism.