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Tosefta
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In rabbinic usage, Aram. אתפסות (“addition, supplement”) is a general term for Tannaitic traditions (Tannaim) that were considered supplementary to existing teachings (b. Šabb. 8:1 [11a]). In some cases the term refers to collections of extra-mishnaic Tannaitic traditions (baraitot; b. Meg. 28b). Today it serves as the title of a surviving Tannaitic work that largely echoes the structure and thematic material of the Mishnah (see the detailed outline of the Mishnah). Except for the tractates Avot, Tamid, Middot, and Qinnim, all the tractates of the Mishnah ar…

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Reichman, Ronen, “Tosefta”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125142>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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