Our Work is Published in the World's Most Expensive Jewish Books: $970 or $1,004

These may be the World's Most Expensive Jewish Books. And they have our work inside.

The Law of Agriculture in the Mishnah and the Tosefta Translation, Commentary, Theology ($970 if ordered from Brill) ($1,004 from Amazon)

Our contributions are Berakhot (pages 398-574) and Hallah (pages 2601-2627).

The book set is not titled accurately. Tractate Berakhot, the first in the book, is about prayer, liturgy (the Shema and Amidah) and blessings. The rest of the tractates are about agriculture and many other topics.

The listing for this book set from the publisher does not properly credit any of the contributors.

Publisher's Book Set Description - This project presents in three volumes the Mishnah's and the Tosefta's first division, Zera'im (Agriculture), organized in eleven topical tractates, together with a systematic history of the law of Zeraim in the Mishnah. To the exposition of the Halakhah on the chosen topic, the Mishnah-tractates are primary but complemented by the Tosefta's presentation of its collection of glosses of the Mishnah's law and supplements to that law.

The Mishnah's and the Tosefta's tractates are integrated, with the Tosefta's complement given in the setting of the Mishnah's rules, and the whole is given in English translation. The presentation in each case encompasses an introduction, a form-analytical translation and commentary, a systematic integration of the Tosefta's compositions into the Mishnah's laws, an explanation of the details of the law, and an inquiry into how the Halakhah of the Mishnah and that of the Tosefta intersect, item by item.

Readership: All those interested in Jewish prayer and liturgy, agricultural law, Mishnaic law and Tosefta.

Product Details
Hardcover: 2112 pages
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Language: English
Publication year: 2005
Series: Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East, 79
ISBN-10: 90 04 14503 6; ISBN-13 (Brill)The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) on 1 January 2007: 978 9004145 03 0
Cover: Hardback
Number of pages: Vol.I, xxii, 800 pp.; Vol. II, xiv, 975 pp.; Vol. III, xiv, 1013 pp. (English)
Number of volumes: 3


Bryce said...

Just sharing with your readers: For a variety of views on Jacob Neusner's works, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Neusner

Anonymous said...

do people actually purchase these books?!?!!?!?

Reb Yudel said...

And what is the value-added compared with the Neusner Tosefta and Mishna translations on their own?

Tzvee said...

These books add commentary and explanation of the salient features of each tractate, examine the relationship of Mishnah to Tosefta, and contribute numerous other advances in the analysis of the texts, including theological observations for each tractate. Is that what you mean by value-added?

DafKesher said...

I would never buy anything at $795. I think it justified to xerox and bind a book at that price. Nothing that small can be that expensive.

andy said...

i have some of the BJS volumes on Zeraim by various students of N. (including yours on Brachot). How does this compare?

Tzvee said...

There are new materials in the new volumes but the core is the same.

bryce said...

I think the Zohar costs more.

Oh, never mind, I'm thinking about the Kabbalah Center version.

thetorahfire said...

I wonder if ordinary talmidie chachmin can afford tosefta for this price.... wouldn't it be nicer if it is made affordable?