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.