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The Talmud

Pentland, Joseph Barclay

Published by Forgotten Books, 2008
ISBN 10: 1606802429 / ISBN 13: 9781606802427
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Title: The Talmud

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good


Light shelf wear. No marks or creases, very clean copy. ; Forgotten Books; 454 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 142726

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Synopsis: This is one of the first substantial abridged translations of the Talmud, published in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Barclay, a sympathetic Christian, states in the Preface that he studied the Talmud with learned Rabbis during a ten-year's residence in the Holy land.

The task of translating the Talmud, which takes up more shelf space than the Britannica, would be daunting, and is probably beyond what one person is capable of in a lifetime. So early solo translators such as Barclay had to prioritize. While Rodkinson translated the entirety of the Festivals and Jurisprudence sections of the Talmud, including the commentary, Barclay took a more representative approach. He translated the Mishna (primary text) of seventeen tracts across the entire span of the Talmud, as well as a commentary on the Tabernacle. This includes a number of tracts not in the Rodkinson translation, specifically, Blessings, Sabbatical Year, Daily Sacrifice, Measurements, Leprosy, and Hands. Others, particularly Fathers and Sanhedrin are also available in multiple translations at sacred-texts. The final feature of this book is a detailed plan of the Temple complex with extensive architectural notes.

Barclay does a straightforward translation of each text, and keeps his personal opinions to a few footnotes. This is a meaningful and significant modern Talmud translation, and has been cited many times in other works, although seldom seen. (Quote from

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Joseph Barclay Pentland (1797 - 1873) was an Irish geographer, natural scientist, and traveller. Born in Ireland, Pentland was educated at Armagh. He also studied in Paris, and worked with Georges Cuvier.

With Woodbine Parish, Pentland surveyed a large part of the Bolivian Ande

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