Religious Studies 367:

Bibliographical Guide: Halakhah

For general reference works, encyclopedias and translations of rabbinic sources, etc., see the previous hand-out on Aggadah.

The Library of Congress designation for Jewish Law is 520. Note that some items are found in the Faculty of Law library as well. I am told that there are some useful titles on bio-medical questions in the Faculty of Medicine.

For overviews of the different areas covered by Rabbinic law see A. Steinsaltz, The Essential Talmud.

Specific topics in Jewish Law

Note that many of these works are not concerned especially, or even primarily, with the talmudic era. You have to filter the relevant information. The following list deals primarily with topics that are "legal" in the modern sense (civil, family, etc.). There is a lot of material on liturgical and festival laws.

    • AUTHOR(S):
Wegner, Judith Romney

TITLE(S):

Chattel or person? the status of women in the Mishnah / Judith Romney Wegner

PUB/DATE:

Oxford University Press : New York , 1988

CLASS NO.:

BM 509 W7 W43 1988
[Brings a lot of material].

  • AUTHOR(S):
  • Amram, David Werner, 1866-1939

    TITLE(S):

    The Jewish law of divorce: according to Bible and Talmud with some reference to its development in post - Talmud times / by David Werner Amram

    PUB/DATE:

    1975

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 520 A68r

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Goldin, Hyman E

    TITLE(S):

    Hebrew criminal law and procedure: Mishnah / Sanhedrin-Makkot

    PUB/DATE:

    1952

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 520 G64 1952

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Avery-Peck, Alan J.

    TITLE(S):

    The Priestly gift in Mishnah : a study of tractate Terumot

    PUB/DATE:

    1981

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm506 .t63 p42 1981

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Bokser, B. M

    TITLE(S):

    The Origins of the Seder : the Passover rite and early Rabbinic Judaism

    PUB/DATE:

    1984

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm695 .p35 b64 1984

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Braude, W. G.

    TITLE(S):

    Jewish proselyting in the first five centuries of the common era : the age of the Tannaim and Amoraim

    PUB/DATE:

     

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm565 .b73 1940

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Bleich, J. David, 1936-

    TITLE(S):

    Contemporary halakhic problems by J. David Bleich

    PUB/DATE:

    KTAV : New York , 1977-

    TITLE SERIES:

    Library of Jewish law and ethics ; v.4

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 520.3 B42 1977

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Freid, Jacob

    TITLE(S):

    Jews and divorce edited by Jacob Freid

    PUB/DATE:

    1968

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 520 J48 1968

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Brooks, R.

    TITLE(S):

    Support for the poor in the Mishnaic law of agriculture : Tractate Peah

    PUB/DATE:

    1983

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm506 .p7 b76 1983

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Flesher, P. V. M..

    TITLE(S):

    Oxen, women or citizens? : slaves in the system of the Mishnah

    PUB/DATE:

    1988

    CLASS NO.:

    Ht921 .f53 1988

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Goldman, Alex J.

    TITLE(S):

    Judaism confronts contemporary issues by Alex J. Goldman

    PUB/DATE:

    Shengold Publishers : New York , 1978

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 520.3 G64 1978

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Heinemann, J.

    TITLE(S):

    Prayer in the Talmud, forms and patterns

    PUB/DATE:

    Berlin

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm660 .h461 1977

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Herzog, Isaac, 1888-1959

    TITLE(S):

    The Main institutions of Jewish law by Isaac Herzog ; foreword by M. Silberg

    PUB/DATE:

    Soncino Press : London , 1980

    CLASS NO.:

    KK 381 H67 1980
    [Deals with Court system and civil law].

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Jaffee, M. S.

    TITLE(S):

    The Main institutions of Jewish law by Isaac Herzog ; foreword by M. Silberg

    PUB/DATE:

    Chico, Calif., Scholars Press., 1981

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm506 .m19 j33 1981

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Biale, Rachel

    TITLE(S):

    Women and Jewish law: an exploration of women's issues in Halakhic sources / Rachel Biale

    PUB/DATE:

    Schocken : New York , 1984

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Herring, Basil

    TITLE(S):

    Jewish ethics and Halakhah for our time: sources and commentary / by Basil F. Herring

    PUB/DATE: KTAV :

    New York , 1984

    TITLE SERIES:

    Library of Jewish law and ethics ; v.11

    CLASS NO.:

    BJ 1285 H37 1984

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Levine, Aaron

    TITLE(S):

    Free enterprise and Jewish law: aspects of Jewish business ethics / by Aaron Levine

    PUB/DATE:

    1980
    collatn: xii, 224 p.
    general: LAW RECON 1984.

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Falk, Zeev Wilhelm, 1923-

    TITLE(S):

    Introduction to Jewish law of the Second Commonwealth

    PUB/DATE:

    1972-

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 520.5 F331 1972 V 1

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Newman, L. E.

    TITLE(S):

    The Sanctity of the seventh year : a study of Mishnah Tractate Shebiit

    PUB/DATE:

    Chico, Calif., Scholars Press. 1983

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm506 .s33 n48 1983

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Novak, David, 1941-

    TITLE(S):

    Halakhah in a theological dimension

    PUB/DATE:

    Scholars Press : Chico, Calif. , 1985

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 520.6 N68 1985
    [See also his series: Law and Theology in Judaism]
    collatn: xi, 174 p. ; 24 cm.
    general: Includes bibliographical references and index.

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Novak, David, 1941-

    TITLE(S):

    The Image of the non-Jew in Judaism : an historical and constructive study of the Noahide laws

    PUB/DATE:

    . Lewiston, N.Y., E. Mellen Press, 1983

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm520.73 .n68 1983

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Sanders, E. P. -

    TITLE(S):

    Jewish law from Jesus to the Mishnah : five studies.

    PUB/DATE:

    London, SCM Press, 1990

    CLASS NO.:

    Bm520.5 .s36 1990

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Urbach, E. E.

    TITLE(S):

    The Laws regarding slavery : as a source for social history of the period of the Second Temple, the Mishnah and Talmud.

    PUB/DATE:

    Scholars Press : Chico, Calif. , New York, Arno Press.1979

    CLASS NO.:

    Kk381 .u72 1979

    • Journal
      • TITLE:
      The Jewish law annual

      AUTHOR:

      International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

      HELD AT:

      MacKimmie

      LOCATION:

      5LT

      CALL NO.:

      BM 520 J46
      V.1-4,1978-1981; V.5,1985.

  • A Useful Anthology of Out-of-Print Articles
      • AUTHOR(S):
    Neusner, Jacob, 1932-

    TITLE(S):

    The Literature of formative Judaism, the Talmuds edited with a preface by Jacob Neusner

    PUB/DATE:

    Garland : New York , 1990

    TITLE SERIES:

    Origins of Judaism ; v.10

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 500.2 L575 1990
    collatn: xvi, 462 p. ; 24 cm.

      • AUTHOR(S):
    Neusner, Jacob, 1932-

    TITLE(S):

    The Literature of formative Judaism, the Mishnah and the Tosefta edited with a preface by Jacob Neusner

    PUB/DATE:

    Garland : New York , 1990

    TITLE SERIES:

    Origins of Judaism ; v.9

    CLASS NO.:

    BM 497.8 L57 1990

    On the Structure and Literature of Jewish Law

    Apart from dealing with specific topics of rabbinic law, you can deal with the methodology (e.g., talmudic argumentation, midrashic hermeneutics) and instututional structures. Elon provides a good overview.

  • AUTHOR(S):
  • Elon, Menachem

    TITLE(S):

    The Principles of Jewish law / edited by Menachem Elon

    PUB/DATE:

    Encyclopaedia Judaica : Jerusalem , 1975

    TITLE SERIES:

    Publication (Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Institute for Research in Jewish Law) ; no.6

    CLASS NO.:

    X 381 P67 1975
    collatn: 866 columns ; 28 cm.

  • AUTHOR(S):
  • Mulder, M. J. (Martin Jan) / Stone, Michael E. (Michael Edward), 1938- / Safrai, Shemuel, 1919-

    TITLE(S):

    The Literature of the Jewish people in the period of the Second Temple and the Talmud / Mikra / Jewish writing of the Second Temple period / The Literature of the sages / Oral Tora, Halakha, Mishna, Tosefta, Talmud, external tractates / Midrash, Aggada, Midrash collections, Targum, prayer

    PUB/DATE:

    Van Gorcum : Assen, Netherlands , 1984-1988

    TITLE SERIES:

    Compendia rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum ; section 2

    Several important topics in Halakhah are dealt with in historical studies; e.g., as responses of Jewish law to historical events.


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