A Hanukkah Gift For Talmudists: The Cambridge Mishnah Is Now Available For Free Online

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A Hanukkah gift for  Talmudists:  the Cambridge Mishnah is now available for free online.

For over five hundred years  Cambridge University has been building up one of the world’s most important collections of  Hebrew manuscripts.

The University Library holds significant numbers of Bibles and biblical and talmudic commentaries, along with important halakhic, liturgical, poetic, philosophical, kabbalistic and scientific manuscripts.

Chief among the treasures are the famous  Nash Papyrus, one of  the earliest known manuscripts containing the words of  the Hebrew Bible and an artefact that continues to excite debate more than a hundred years after its discovery, and the  Cambridge Mishnah.

Cambridge Mishnah is one of only three complete manuscripts of  the Mishnah, and considered to be  ‘an outstanding witness of the western type of  Mishnaic Hebrew‘.   Of the manuscript, Schiller-Szinessy (vol. ii p. 9)  writes:  ‘Although this copy can lay claim neither to a very great age, nor to absolute correctness, we cannot hesitate to pronounce it to be a MS. beyond all price.

Edited by W. H. Lowe,  ‘The Mishnah on which the Palestinian Talmud Rests’  (Cambridge, 1883) – although that title can be considered inaccurate given more recent research on the manuscript.

Check it out here.

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