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13 - The Tosefta

Tosefta is larger in scope than the Mishnah, being approximately three times as long, containing a considerable amount of aggadah as well as halachah. The language of the Tosefta is mishnaic Hebrew, and the Rabbis mentioned in the mishnaic corpus are also found in the Tosefta, with notable additions. The Tosefta text has survived in three manuscript copies from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, as well as in citations in medieval rabbinic authors, and in a collection of fragments from the Cairo Genizah. Among the manuscript versions, the Vienna manuscript, an early fourteenth-century Spanish manuscript, is the only nearly complete textual witness. The first printed edition of the Tosefta appeared as an appendix to Rabbi Isaac Alfasi's compendium to the Talmud in Venice, 1521-22, and has since been printed in editions of the Babylonian Talmud.
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