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I. Concept – II. Language – III. Content – IV. Structure – V. Formation – VI. Reception History – VII. Manuscripts and Printed Editions

I. Concept

Mishnah, Heb. מִשְׁנָה/mishnah, the first authoritative compilation of laws of post-biblical Judaism, is derived from the concept שׁנָה/šnh (“to repeat”) and refers, in the figurative sense, to the “memorizing of the teaching through repetit…

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Zellentin, Holger M., “Mishnah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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