Talmudic Literature--Principal Types:
- a) Explanatory--clarification of text.
- b) Critical--discussions of specific issues in text, usually by raising
difficulties and resolving them.
B. Law Codes:
- To organize material that is scattered through talmudic literature.
- To decide in disputes which the Talmud leaves undecided.
- Letters written by leading authorities in response to questions about proper
behaviour or interpretation of the Talmud.
- Important means for religious law to adapt to changing circumstances.
- Contains useful historical information.
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