116 struct, concealing the many Mishnahs-in part or in the whole-available in antiquity? Fourth, does the Mishnah stand at the end of a single line of development, or is it the confluent of many streams of tradition and growth? Are its contents the work of a single group, or party, in an- cient Judaism, or must we make distinctions among various types of law and suggest which types are produced by one sort of political party, social group or historical process, which by another? ...(p. XV). The answer to these questions or the alternative which the evidence sug- gests emerges indirectly, but clearly and repeatedly in the critical comments and evaluations throughout the book. A book which presents major nineteenth and twentieth century contribu- tions to the study of the Mishnah is certainly to be welcomed. Most of the works discussed are available only in modern Hebrew and so are inaccessible to many students and scholars working in related fields. Moreover, as NEUS- NER points out, many of these works continue to be influential and to be regarded as the alternatives available in current treatments of the formation and editing of the Mishnah. Nonetheless, in view of the
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
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