Welcome to 70 Faces of the Talmud. This project, presently in its infancy, is an attempt to facilitate independent, self-directed Jewish adult learning of popular and intellectually stimulating talmudic passages on-line. The name of the project, Seventy Faces of the Talmud, is a play on the famous rabbinic declaration that each word of the Torah has seventy different meanings (Bamidbar Rabbah, Naso, 13:15). The Vilna Gaon (to Shir HaShirim 2:4) indicates that this claim actually refers to the Oral Torah; i.e. the Talmud. Inspired by the implication that varied, nuanced, and open-ended interpretations are critical to the learning process, this project seeks to tap the richness of the selected talmudic texts for the questions they raise on a wide range of issues that challenged early Rabbinic Judaism.
The individuals from rabbinic literature featured on this site may be studied in any order. However, it is recommended that they be encountered in the order in which they appear listed below, and the textual passages associated with them may best be studied in the order they are found at the bottom of each biographical entry.
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Additional on-line resources that may prove helpful to learning Talmud and to the approach used on this site:
For an English translation of the Babylonian Talmud (Soncino):
For an index to the Babylonian Talmud (by term or concept):
For the Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Babli, Yerushalmi and Midrashic Literature, by Marcus Jastrow, in a search-able format:
Available on-line translations of ancient Greek & Roman sources: