RE: [XTalk] mAboth
- Patrick Paulsen asks:
>>I have been trying to find an English translation of portions of theMishnah and the dates some of them were written. Could anyone advise
me as to when mAboth was written and whether or not it is possible to
find an English translation anywhere?<<
R. H. Charles' _Apocrypha & _Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament_ vol
2 has a translation of this tractate, with copious critical notes, by
R. Travers Herford. Date of composition is left open, but the last
teacher mentioned in chapter 1 lived until the time of the first
Jewish war (about 70 CE), and the bulk of chapter 2 revolves around R.
Johanan ben Zaccai, who re-established tradition after the war, and
his own teacher and pupils. The rest of the chapters seem to belong to
the period up until the compilation of the Mishna by Rabbi Judah the
Prince ca. 200 CE.
Then there are always the various translations of the whole Mishna
that are commonly available in bookstores. Most are familiar with
Herbert Danby's _The Mishna_, but there are others available,
including one from Jacob Neusner which I understand does a good job of
making the discussions intelligible to non specialists (although in
the case of Aboth there is no halacha involved).
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