The Babylonian Talmud is a product of late antique rabbinical discourse and debate. It is an immense, complex, multi-volume work divided by topics into tractates which are written in a mixture of Hebrew and Aramaic. Tractate Nazir deals with a person (male or female) who basically assumes three abstentions for a defined period of time: no wine or product of the grapevine, no cutting of bodily hair, and no contact with a human corpse. The practice itself is controversial within Judaism. Nonetheless, virtually every conceivable factor involved in a vow to be a nazir is debated by the rabbis in this tractate and in great detail. This volume is arranged by Talmudic folio pages and is aimed at explaining the intricacies of the original text. It may be read on its own and in conjunction with the tractate itself as an aid to understanding.
Joshua A. Fogel is professor of history at the York University in Toronto and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Chapter 1: Definitions: What Is a Nazir? (2a-8b)
Chapter 2: Cows, Doors, and Wine (9a-16a)
Chapter 3: Graveyard Vows and Outsized Vows (16a-20b)
Chapter 4: “And I,” Women, and Sacrificial Animals (20a-30b)
Chapter 5: Mistakes and Misunderstandings (30b-34a)
Chapter 6: The Three Proscriptions of Nezirut (34a-47a)
Chapter 7: Corpse Contamination (47a-57a)
Chapter 8:Doubts and Certainties (57a-61a)
Chapter 9: Tumah of the Deep and Floating Tumah (61a-66b)
Biblical and Rabbinic References Index
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