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The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation And Commentary (22-Volume Set with CD-ROM) Multimedia CD – May 2, 2006
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This edition collects the Talmud in the most affordable modern English translation. It employs Neusner's characteristic outline style. And much attention is given to form and structure. Although the printed volumes do not contain indices, the set includes a valuable searchable compact disc. This edition presents a splendid option for a general reader hoping to attack the original text.
Older editions include Rodkinson's NEW EDITION OF THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD ORIGINAL TEXT, EDITED, CORRECTED, FORMULATED AND TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH (1903) and Epstein's Babylonian Talmud (Soncino Talmud). 18 Volumes. (1953). A wonderful searchable electronic version of the Esptein Soncino Talmud is available, along with Midrash Rabbah (10 Vol. Set) and ...Read more ›
The serious scholar may want to look at the 73 volume Schottenstein edition which is even nicer (and at $3,000 it better be). There you'll find all the original language text plus English translation. You have to weigh the costs and benefits, but both editions are excellent.
If money and time were not issues, then by all means I would say that the Schottenstein edition of the "Talmud Bavli" or Babylonian Talmud is the most authoritative, the only one worth getting.
But let's be realistic here: The Schottenstein edition of the Talmud is over 70 volumes and costs about two to three grand. Even after acquiring such a mammoth text, it would take a considerable amount of discipline and time to read it.
This is where the Neusner Edition of the Babylonian Talmud comes in.
It is comparatively shorter at 22 volumes and costs a little under $300. Even so, it still takes a great deal of discipline to finish reading it. I read all 22 volumes of Neusner's Babylonian Talmud in about 8 months, averaging about 50-100 pages a day.
Below I'll compare a Mishnah passage between these two editions of the Talmud.
"From what time do they recite the Shema in the evening? From the hour that the priests [who had immersed after uncleanness and awaited sunset to complete the process of purification] enter [a state of uncleanness, the sun having set, so as] to eat their heave offering."
--Tr. Berakhot; 2A; Neusner edition
"From when may we fulfill the obligation to recite the Shema in the evenings? From the time that Kohanim who were tamei may enter to eat their terumah; i.e. at nightfall."
--Tr Berachos; 2A; Schottenstein edition
Right off the bat you can see that the Neusner edition is far easier to read for the one who only reads English, even though there are explanatory fillers contained in brackets.Read more ›
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Fascinating work by Neusner and associates. The most affordable complete Talmud available. Easy and fascinating read.Published 5 days ago by Satisfied Customer
I am disappointed in this version of the Talmud. (I purchased the CD-ROM.) Comparing this to on-line Talmuds available, I would say that this one is censored. Read morePublished 11 months ago by davguitar
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