Babylonian Talmud Book 1 (Vols. I and II)


Babylonian Talmud

translated by MICHAEL L. RODKINSON

Book 1 (Vols. I and II)

Tract Sabbath

OUTLINE: Tract Sabbath discusses what can and cannot be done on the Jewish Holy day. This tract has a wealth of information on everyday Jewish life in late Classical times, including, for some reason, a great number of medical recipes. Because almost everything is done differently on the Sabbath, this contains an incredible level of ethnographic detail about a wide range of household activities including livestock, clothing, meals, horticulture, hunting, and other more obscure topics, such as fire-fighting and feminine hygiene. Rodkinson makes the point in an appendix that many of the Talmundic regulations which seem to be arbitrary were developed as a response to political persecution. He also includes a prayer which is offered upon the conclusion of studying any tract.


Title Page
Explanatory Remarks
Preface to the Second Edition
Editor’s Preface
Brief General Introduction to the Babylonian Talmud
Introduction to Tract Sabbath
Synopsis of Subjects
Chapter I: Regulations Regarding Transfer on Sabbath
Chapter II: Regulations Concerning The Sabbath And ‘Hanukah Light
Chapter III: Regulations Concerning Stoves, Hearths, and Ovens
Chapter IV: Regulations Concerning Victuals, Where They May or May Not Be Deposited to Retain Their Heat for the Sabbath
Chapter V: Regulations Concerning What May and May Not Be Worn by Animals on the Sabbath
Chapter VI: Regulations Concerning What Garments Women May Go Out With On the Sabbath
Chapter VII: The General Rule Concerning the Principal Acts of Labor on Sabbath
Chapter VIII: Regulations Concerning the Prescribed Quantities of Victuals and Beverages Which Must Not Be Carried About on the Sabbath
Chapter IX: Rabbi Aqiba’s Regulations On Different Subjects
Chapter X: Further Regulations Concerning The Prescribed Quantity of Things To Be Stored

Volume II

Title Page
Explanatory Remarks
Synopsis of Subjects of Volume II.–Tract Sabbath
Chapter XI. Regulations Concerning Throwing From One Ground Into Another.
Chapter XII: Regulations Concerning Building, Ploughing, etc., On the Sabbath
Chapter XIII: Regulations Concerning Weaving, Tearing, Hunting, etc., on the Sabbath
Chapter XIV: Regulations Concerning the Catching of Reptiles, Animals and Birds
Chapter XV: Regulations Concerning the Tying and Untying of Knots on the Sabbath
Chapter XVI: Regulations Concerning Articles Which May be Saved From a Conflagration on Sabbath
Chapter XVII: Regulations Concerning Handling of Utensils and Furniture on the Sabbath
Chapter XVIII: Regulations Regarding the Clearing Off of Required Space, the Assistance To Be Given Cattle When Giving Birth To Their Young and To Women About To Be Confined
Chapter XIX: Regulations Ordained by R. Eliezer Concerning Circumcision on the Sabbath
Chapter XX: Regulations Concerning Certain Acts of Labor Which Must be Performed Differently on a Sabbath and on a Festival
Chapter XXI: Regulations Concerning the Pouring Out of Wine From Vessels Covered With a Stone (Which Must Not Be Lifted), and the Clearing Off of Crumbs, etc., From the Table
Chapter XXII: Regulations Concerning Preparation of Food and Beverages
Chapter XXIII: Borrowing, Casting Lots, Waiting for the Close of the Sabbath, and Attending to a Corpse
Chapter XXVI: Regulations Concerning a Man Who is Overtaken by Dusk on the Eve of Sabbath While Travelling, and Concerning Feeding of Cattle.
The Prayer at the Conclusion of a Tract


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