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By Jacob Neusner / Wipf & Stock / 2007
In the fourth part of Jacob Neusner’s presentation of the Mishnaic law of Appointed Times, Neusner provides a translation and explanation of the following Mishnah tractates: Besah, Rosh Hashshanah, Taanit, Megillah, Moed Qatan, and Hagigah. Besah pertains to the preparation of food for festival days. Rosh Hashshanah deals with the marking of the New Year. Taanit concerns the fasting that occurs when the rains fail to come in their season. Megillah pertains to the reading of the Esther scroll on Purim. Moed Qatan concerns the intermediate days of Passover and the Festival of Tabernacles. Hagigah deals with the participation of common folk in the temple cult during the three pilgrim festivals. Neusner examines these tractates chapter by chapter, comparing the themes in them with those found in other Mishnah tractates and other Scripture.