Bible and Archaeology News
After a controversial six-year-long translation project, a Jordanian think tank based in Amman published an Arabic translation of the Babylonian Talmud. After gaining enthusiastic responses to the project from the Arab League, 96 scholars began work on the translation. The editors are happy with the project, stating that the lack of an Arabic Talmud “has always been an obstacle to understanding Judaism.” Despite some polarized and politicized responses, most have adopted a positive impression of the massive scholarly work. Dr. Raquel Ukeles of the Israeli National Library states that the project stemmed from scientific curiosity, and the introduction discusses the Talmud in light of religious law along with the development of ancient politics and morality. Three years ago, Professor Mustafa Mansour of Cairo University translated the Mishnah into Arabic, reflecting an increasing interest in Jewish texts.
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