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Tosefta is likely derived from the Aramaic for “addition” (root Y.S.F). The term Tosefta appears in rabbinic literature (Rabbi) as a description of an earlier halachic source, alongside other corpora (e.g. b. Meg. 28a), probably referring to a literary genre which included additions to other sources. The term later became affixed to a specific corpus of early tannaitic sources (1st to early 3rd cents. CE), found in mediaeval manuscripts. It is preserved in only two comp…

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Bar-Asher Siegal, Michal, “Tosefta”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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