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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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Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Editor of the three-volume Encyclopaedia of Judaism, he has published more than nine hundred books and innumerable articles.
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Product Details

  • CD-ROM: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; Har/Com edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565637070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565637078
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,161,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: CD-ROM
The Talmud is the fundamental source for Jewish oral law, or explanation and development of the written law that appears in the first five books of the Bible. The Talmud reads like the Biblical version of the Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Reported by James Madison. It is not an easy read. But here one finds the most authoritative exposition of Judaism and a classic of Western thought.

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
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This is a beautiful, well-bound set of books. But just so there's no misunderstanding, this edition of the Talmud is 100% in English translation. There's not a word in Hebrew or Aramaic, not even in footnote form. In fact, there are no footnotes.
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.
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Format: CD-ROM
I have this set. It is good for what it is. However, my Jewish brethren do not consider this version as authoritative as the others. I am in the process of buying the Bavli Talmud from Artscroll. Cost is not cheap. But Artscroll makes it easy if you want to purchase some of their larger sets. It is called their Standing Order Club. They send you one book a month, in the series. You just pay for the book that they send. Yes, it takes a bit of time to build up your library, that way, but for those of us who cannot fork out 2k all at once, this makes it easier. They have done a few titles this way, to ease the burden. You can cancel anytime. They also do this for the Mishnah, Daily Dose of Torah. and are working on others. So try it out and see if this is an easier way for you to build your collection, one book at a time.
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Format: Hardcover
PART ONE: A LOOK AT THE NEUSNER EDITION OF THE TALMUD

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.
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For the longest time this material has only been available in slightly pricey multi-volume book sets. Now, thanks to the miracle of CD-Rom and computers, here's 20-some volumes on one disk! And the price is right for me, for sure. This is a good translation & commentary, too. Kudos to the publishers of this! Without this technology, I wouldn't have enough room in my place for all this material.
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