The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
List of Abbreviations
Used in Reference to Rabbinic Writings
THE Mishnah is always quoted according to Tractate, Chapter
(Pereq) and Paragraph (Mishnah), the Chapter being marked in Roman,
the paragraph in ordinary Numerals. Thus Ber. ii. 4 means the Mishnic Tractate Berakhoth,
second Chapter, fourth Paragraph.
The Jerusalem Talmud is distinguished by the abbreviation Jer.
before the name of the Tractate. Thus, Jer. Ber. is the Jer. Gemara, or Talmud,
of the Tractate Berakhoth. The edition, from which quotations are made,
is that commonly used, Krotoschin, 1866, 1 vol. fol. The quotations are made
either by Chapter and Paragraph (Jer. Ber. ii. 4), or, in these volumes mostly,
by page and column. It ought to be noted that in Rabbinic writings each
page is really a double one, distinguished respectively as a and b:
a being the page to the left hand of the reader, and b the reverse
one (on turning over the page) to the right hand of the reader. But in the Jerusalem
Gemara (and in Yalkut [see below], as in all works where the page and
column (col.) are mentioned) the quotation is often - in these volumes,
mostly - made by page and column (two columns being on each side of a page).
Thus, while Jer. Ber. ii. 4 would be Chapter II. Par. 4, the corresponding
quotation by page and column would in that instance be, Jer. Ber. 4 d; d
marking that it is the fourth column in b (or the off-side) of page 4.
The Babyl. Talmud is, in all its editions, equally paged, so that a
quotation made applies to all editions. It is double-paged, and quoted with the
name of the Tractate, the number of the page, and a or b according
as one or another side of the page is referred to. The quotations are
distinguished from those of the Mishnah by this, that in the Mihnah Roman and
ordinary numerals are employed (to mark Chapters and Paragraphs), while in the
Babylon Talmud the name of the Tractate is followed by an ordinary numeral,
indicating the page, together with a or b, to mark which side of
the page is referred to. Thus Ber. 4 a means: Tractate Berachoth,
p. 4, first or left-hand side of the page.
I have used the Vienna edition, but this, as already explained, is not a
point of any importance. To facilitate the verification of passages quoted I
have in very many instances quoted also the lines, either from top or
The abbreviation Tos. (Tosephta, additamentum) before the name
of a Tractate refers to the additions made to the Mishnah after its
redaction. This redaction dates from the third century of our era. The Tos.
extends only over 52 of the Mishnic Tractates. They are inserted in the Talmud
at the end of each Tractate, and are printed on the double pages in double
columns (col. a and b on p. a, col. e and d
on p. b). They are generally quoted by Pereq and Mishnah:
thus, Tos. Gitt. i. 1, or (more rarely) by page and column, Tos. Gitt. p. 150 a.
The ed. Zuckermandel is, when quoted, specially indicated.
Besides, the Tractate Aboth de Rabbi Nathan (Ab. de. R. Math.), and
the smaller Tractates, Sopherim (Sopher), Semachoth (Semach.),
Kallah (Kall. or Chall),1Derekh Erets (Der Er.), Derekh Erets Zuta (commonly Der
Er. S.), and Pereq Shalom (Per. Shal.) are inserted at the
close of vol. ix. of the Talmud. They are printed in four columns (on double
pages), and quoted by Pereq and Mishnah.
The so-called Septem Libri Talmudici parvi Hierosolymitani are published
separately (ed. Raphael Kirchheim, Fref 1851). They are the Massecheth
Sepher Torah (Mass. Seph. Tor.), Mass. Mezuzah (Mass.
Mesus.), Mass. Tephillin (Mass. Tephill.), Mass. Tsitsith
(Mass. Ziz.), Mass. Abhadim (Mass. Abad.), Mass. Kuthim (Mass.
Cuth.), and Mass. Gerim (Mass. Ger.). They are printed and
quoted according to double pages (a and b).
To these must be added the so-called Chesronoth haShas, a collection
of passages expurgated in the ordinary editions from the various Tractates of
the Talmud. Here we must close, what might else assume undue proportions, by an
alphabeticallist of the abbreviations, although only of the principal books
referred to: -
The Talmudic Tractate Abhodah Zorah, on Idolatry.
The Talmudic Tractate Pirquey Abohoth, Savings of the Fathers.
Ab. de R Nath. The Tractate Abhoth de Rabbi Nathan at the close of
vol. ix. in the Bab. Talm.
The Talmudic Tractate Arakhin, on the redemption of persons or things
consecrated to the Sanctuary.
The Talmudic Tractate Babha Qamma ('First Gate'), the first,
The Talmudic Tractate Babha Bathra ('Last Gate'), the third of the great
Tractates on Common Law.
The Talmudic Tractate Bekhoroth, on the consecration to the Sanctuary of
The Midrash (or Commentary) Bemidbar Rabba, on Numbers.
The Talmudic Tractate Berakhoth, on Prayers and Benedictions.
The Midrash (or Commentary) Bereshith Rabba, on Genesis.
Bets. [or Bez.] The Talmudic Tractate Betsah, laws about an
egg laid on Sabbath and Fast-days, and on similar points connected with the
sanctifying of such seasons.
The Talmudic Tractate Bikkurim, on First-fruits.
The Talmudic Tractate Chagigah, on the festive offerings at the three
The Talmudic Tractate Challah, on the first of the dough (Numb. xv. 17).
The Talmudic Tractate Chullin, the rubric as to the mode of killing meat
and kindred subjects.
The Midrash Debharim Rabba, on Deuteronomy.
The Talmudic Tractate Demai, regarding Produce, the tithing of which is
The Midrash Ekhah Rabbathi, on Lamentations (also quoted as Mid. on
The Talmudic Tractate Eduyoth (Testimonies), the legal determinations
enacted or confirmed on a certain occasion, decisive in Jewish History.
The Talmudic Tractate Erubhin, on the conjunction of Sabbath boundaries.
(See Appendix XVII.)
The Midrash on Esther.
The Talmudic Tractate Gittin, on Divorce.
The Taldmudic Tractate Horayoth 'Decisions' on certain unintentional
Jad. [or Yad.]
The Taldmudic Tractate Yadayim, on the Washing of Hands.
Jebam. [or Yebam.] The Taldmudic Tractate Yebhamoth,
on the Levirate.
Jom. [mostly Yom.] The Taldmudic
Tractate Yoma, on the Day of Atonement.
The Taldmudic Tractate Kelim, on the purification of furniture and
The Taldmudic Tractate Kerithuth, on the punishment of 'cutting off.'
The Taldmudic Tractate Kethubhoth, on marriage-contracts.
The Taldmudic Tractate Qiddushin, on Betrothal.
The Taldmudic Tractate Kilayim, on the unlawful commixtures (Lev. xix.
19; Deut. xxii. 9-11).
The Taldmudic Tractate Qinnim, on the offering of doves (Lev. v. 1-10;
The Midrash on Qoheleth or Eccles.
The Talmudic Tractate Maaseroth, on Levitical Tithes.
The Talmudic Tractate Maaser Sheni, on second Tithes (Deut. xiv. 22,
The Talmudic Tractate Makhshirin, on fluids that may render products
'defiled,' or that leave them undefiled (Lev. xi. 34, 38).
Makk. [or Macc.] The
Talmudic Tractate Makkoth, on the punishment of Stripes.
The Talmudic Tractate Mekhilta, a Commentary on part of Exodus, dating at
the latest from the first half of the second century.
The Talmudic Tractate Megillah, referring to the reading of the ('roll')
Book of Esther and on the Feast of Esther.
The Talmudic Tractate Meilah, on the defilement of things consecrated.
The Talmudic Tractate Menachoth, on Meat-offerings.
The Talmudic Tractate Middoth, on the Temple-measurements and
The Talmudic Tractate Miqvaoth, on ablutions and immersions.
The Talmudic Tractate Moed Qatan, on Half-holidays
The Talmudic Tractate Nazir, on the Nasirate.
The Talmudic Tractate Nedarim, on Vowing.
The Talmudic Tractate Negaim, on Leprosy.
The Talmudic Tractate Niddah, on female levitical impurity (menstrua).
The Talmudic Tractate Oholoth, on the defilement of tents and houses,
specially by death.
The Talmudic Tractate Orlah, on the ordinances connected with Lev. xix.
The Talmudic Tractate Parah, on the Red Heifer and purification by its
The Talmudic Tractate Peah, on the corner to be left for the poor in
The Talmudic Tractate Pesachim, on the Paschal Feast.
The Book Pesiqta, an exceedingly interesting series of Meditations or
brief discussions and Lectures on certain portions of the Lectionary for
the principal Sabbaths and Feast Days.
Pirqé de R. Eliez. The
Haggadic Pirqé de Rabbi Eliezer, in 54 chapters, a discursive Tractate
on the History of Israel from the creation to the time of Moses, with the
insertion of three chapters (xlix.-li.) on the history of Haman and the future
The Talmudic Tractate Rosh haShanah, on the Feast of New Year
The Talmudic Tractate Zabhim, on certain levitically defiling issues.
The Talmudic Tractate Sanhedrin, on the Sanhedrim and Criminal
The Talmudic Tractate Zebhachim, on Sacrifices.
The Talmudic Tractate Shabbath, on Sabbath-observance.
The Talmudic Tractate Shebhiith, on the Sabbatic Year.
The Talmudic Tractate Shebhuoth, on Oaths, &c.
The Talmudic Tractate Sheqalim, on the Temple-Tribute, &c.
The Midrash Shemoth Rabba on Exodus.
Shir haSh R.
The Midrash Shir haShirim Rabba, on the Song of Solomon.
The ancient Commentary on Leviticus, dating from the second century.
The still somewhat older Commentary on Numb. and Deuter.
The Talmudic Tractate Sotah, on the Woman accused of Adultery.
The Talmudic Tractate Sukkah, on the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Talmudic Tractate Taanith, on Fasting and Fast-Days.
The Talmudic Tractate Tamid, on the daily Service and Sacrifice in the
The Talmudic Tractate Tebhul Yom ('bathed of the day'), on impurities,
where there is immersion on the evening of the same day.
The Talmudic Tractate Temurah, on substitution for things consecrated
(Lev. xxvii. 10).
The Talmudic Tractate Terumoth, on the priestly dues in produce.
The Talmudic Tractate Toharoth, on minor kinds of defilement.
The Midrashic Commentary Tanchuma (or Yelamdenu), on the
The Talmudic Tractate Uqtsin, on the defilement of fruits through their
envelopes, stalks, &c.
The Midrash Vayyikra Rabba, on Leviticus.
The great collectaneum: Yalkut Shimeoni, which is a catena
on the whole Old Testament, containing also quotations from works lost to us.3
1 It is to be noted
that in the marginal and note-references the old mode of indicating a reference
(as in the first ed. of this book) and the, perhaps, more correct mode of
transliteration have been promiscuously employed. But the reader can have no
difficulty in understanding the reference.
3 It will, of course,
be understood that we have only given the briefest, and, indeed, imperfect,
indications of the contents of the various Talmudic Tractates. Besides giving
the Laws connected with each of the subjects of which they treat, all kindred
topics are taken up, nay, the discussion often passes to quite other than the
subjects primarily treated of in a Tractate.