translated by MICHAEL L. RODKINSON
Book 7 (Vols. XIII. and XIV.)
Tract Baba Bathra (Last Gate)
Tract Baba Bathra, Part I
OUTLINE: This, the third part of the ‘Gate’ sequence of tracts, deals with issues of civil law regarding property, including real estate, moveable possessions, and inheritance, in the usual great detail. At times the discussion becomes so hypothetical that Rodkinson, thankfully, skips ahead a bit. Sandwiched in this very dry volume is one wild section of Haggada (at the end of Chapter V) which consists of some very tall tales about fish, alligators and nautical going-ons. Also, notably, this tract includes what has to be one of the first attempts to discuss where transgender people fit into the legal framework.