Rabbinic literature consists of collections of traditions by and about rabbis living duing and after the 1st century when they were known as 'Pharisees'. This literature is useful for understanding both Jewish and Christian origins. Dating the various traditions is very important, but also very difficult. The names of the various rabbis is a good starting point for dating, but it is unsafe to simply rely on them - see more details about the Generations from www.T-R-E-N-T.com.
Traditions about legal matters were called Halakhic and traditions more
closely related to sermons than law cases were called
This site brings together texts and translations from many sources by
scholars to whom we all owe a great debt of gratitude. In
The unique contribution of this site the presentation of related texts
in parallel to each other, with various helps.
At present this site contains only early Halakhic traditions, but I am planning to add early Agadic traditions. The membership scheme will pay for the time needed to do this. The texts themselves are all presented freely, but within a very strict Fair Use policy. The hover-helps for dating and definitions are not part of the translations, and should be used with care, because they have been added automatically and may not have been checked. Every care has been taken to present the texts accurately, but errors are inevitable, especially in some texts which have been scanned. Therefore when citing a text for academic purposes DO NOT RELY ON THE TEXT FOUND ON THIS SITE - ALWAYS CITE THE PUBLISHED WORK.
My hope is that this site will encourage further study of these important traditions and encourage purchases of the paper versions of the translations, many of which have been unduly neglected. The paper editions usually contain helps and footnotes which are very helpful, as well as providing the reader with a better overall 'feel' for the nature and quality of these works.
David Instone-Brewer 2008