mishna

Derivation

  • Hebrews: repetition

Article

A collection of precepts which forms the basis of the Talmud, and embodies the contents of the oral law, as opposed to the written law, the Pentateuch. The beginning of the Mishna goes back to the time of the Machabees; it was delivered orally from generation to generation, and could be learned only by constant repetition. About 220, it was compiled in its present shape by R Jehuda, the patriarch, who used the idiom of the New Hebrew, interspersed with Greek and Latin words.

MLA Citation

  • “mishna”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 June 2010. Web. 20 September 2017. <http://catholicsaints.info/mishna/>