One of the first attempts to capture the oral tradition of Jewish law in writing. As the basis for the Talmud the structure of this writing is one of it's most fascinating elements. Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph developed the exegetical method of the Mishnah which is comparable to a threaded discussion group - or maybe even Everything2. Each traditional practice is linked to it's basis in the biblical text and also to the "discussion" that follows. What results is an incredibly intertwined and evolving account of how the Jewish tradition has changed over time.

The Mishnah was the result of an interesting time in history which lead a group of rabbis to begin the Gleanings.