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Milgram, Jonathan S.
From Mesopotamia to the Mishnah. Tannaitic Inheritance Law in Its Legal and Social Contexts.
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2016. XXI, 201 S. = Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 164. Lw. EUR 114,00. ISBN 9783-16-154021-9.
The title on the front of the book by Jonathan S. Milgram does not tell us anything about its subject matter, which is revealed by the subtitle only. The subtitle itself seems too general for the actual contents of the study. Rather than providing a discussion of tannaitic inheritance law in its various redactional contexts in tan-naitic documents, the book mainly provides a very detailed philological and comparative analysis of Mishnah Bava Batra 8:5. Its main thesis is that rabbinic inheritance law was truly innovative. While it developed in the spirit of the Hebrew Bible, it was not de-rived from biblical inheritance law and its interpretation. Rabbis rather developed inheritance rules that fit the changed circumstances they lived in. Their innovations were »often the product of the ...
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