translated by MICHAEL L. RODKINSON
Book 6 (Vols. XI. and XII.)
Tract Baba Kama (First Gate), Part II and Tract Baba Metzia (Middle Gate)
Tract Baba Kama (First Gate, part II)
OUTLINE: The conclusion of Baba Kama, the First Gate, and Baba Metzia, the Middle Gate. The second half of Baba Kama continues with cases involving stolen items. Baba Metzia continues with civil law, particularly cases involving damages: among the topics are found and loaned articles, real estate, loans, titles, what constitutes usury and fraud, and labor law. Many of the cases in Baba Metzia are extremely convoluted, more so than usual. There are a few scattered legends about the life and death of the principal authors of the Talmud, and some notable passages, mostly in Chapter IV.