translated by MICHAEL L. RODKINSON
Book 5 (Vols. IX and X)
Tracts Aboth, Derech Eretz-Rabba, Eretz-Zuta, and Baba Kama (First Gate)
OUTLINE: This book starts out with three tracts on ethics, including the lucid and moving Pirqe Aboth (Sayings of the Fathers), (also available at sacred-texts in a translation by Taylor). This edition of Aboth comes with extensive commentary. The Baba Kama is the first section of a three-part opening arc of the Jurisprudence section. To the modern reader it is of interest because of the unintentional and (sometimes pungent) atmospheric details of everyday life in first century Israel. Many of the Baba Kama cases start when ‘an ox gores’ someone or something; the modern equivalent would probably be automobile moving violations. The debates are notable because they are based equally on scripture and appeals to an emerging standard of common-sense justice and human rights.
Explanatory Remarks and Copyright
Introduction to Section Jurisprudence
Synopsis of Tract Aboth (Fathers of the Synagogue).
Tract Derech Eretz-Rabba. (Worldly Affairs).
Tract Derech Eretz-Zuta
Tracts Baba Kama (First Gate)
Introduction to the Three Gates of Section Jurisprudence
Synopsis of Subjects of Tract Baba Kama (The First Gate)