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This front matter section of the book The Literature of the Sages: First Part: Oral Tora, Halakha, Mishna, Tosefta, Talmud, External Tractates presents the table of contents, foreword, note on transliteration, acknowledgements, list of illustrations and an introduction. The book is devoted to Jewish literature from the periods of the Second Temple and the Talmud. It presents chapters on Oral Tora and Halakha. The book focuses on the historical background with the treatment of one fundamental feature which left its imprint on this literature in various ways. This feature is expressed in the name used by the Sages to refer specifically to their own literary tradition: Oral Tora. It further focuses on what the Sages considered a central subject area of their tradition: halakha. The book deals with the various halakhic collections: the Mishna, Tosefta, the Palestinian and the Babylonian Talmud.

Keywords: Halakha; Jewish literature; Mishna; Oral Tora; Talmud; Tosefta



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