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The Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakot. Translated into English for the first time, with Introduction, Commentary, Glossary and Indices

Cohen, Rev. A.

Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1921
Condition: Good Hardcover

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Quarto. XXXIX, [1], 460pp. Original green cloth with gold lettering and publisher's logo on spine. First English translation of the Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakot ('Benedictions') consisting of nine chapters of which only the last four are concerned with benedictions proper. The first three contain the rules for the recital of the shema' (Chapter one, Chapter two, Chapter three), the next two those for the recital of the tefillah (Chapter four, Chapter five). The Tractate first lays down the hours within which the shema' must be recited first in the evening and then in the morning - preferably in the synagogue - and then specifies a number of conditions for its recital and the persons who are exempt from reciting it. Incidentally the conditions under which the Torah may be studied and the tefillin worn are also discussed. The recital of the tefillah is then dealt with on similar lines and its wording is discussed. Chapter six first enunciates the principle that before partaking of any kind of food one must recite a benediction, and then lays down the form of blessing for various kinds of foodstuffs. Chapter seven deals specifically with grace before and after meals, and table etiquette generally, particularly zimmun or the invitation to join in the grace. Chapter eight lays down the rules for the washing of the hands in connection with a meal, grace over the wine-cup, and the habdalah on the termination of the Sabbath. Chapter nine formulates the benedictions to be uttered on a large number of special occasions. Berakoth contains more Aggada in proportion to its length than any other tractate. The long Chapter nine is mostly aggadic, and is notable for a lenghty excursus on the interpretation of dreams. Another striking piece of Aggada is the account of the quarrel between Rabban Gamaliel and R. Joshua in Chapter four. Chapter six throws great light on the dietary of the Jews in Babylon, while Chapter eight shows that the table customs of Jews in Palestine were largely modelled on those of the Romans. Spine and edges slightly age-toned. Offsetting on endpapers. Very minor age-toning along paper margin. Binding in overall good, interior in good+ to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 32685

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Title: The Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakot. ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1921

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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