Mishnah Coverage Comparison Chart

The chart below compares coverage of Mishnaic tractates in the three major collections of the Oral Torah following the Mishnah: T, the Tosefta, Y, the Talmud Yerushalmi (alternately referred to as the Talmud of the Land of Israel, the Jerusalem Talmud, or the Palestinian Talmud), and B, the Talmud Bavli, or Babylonian Talmud. Those tractates or massekhtot covered by each is noted by an x in the appropriate column. Notes indicate where the coverage does not comprise commentary on all the chapters/halakhot of the Mishnah in that particular case. The Hebrew names of the sedarim and massekhtot are given as well. The Mishnah column utilizes the transliteration and translations of Jacob Neusner (The Babylonian Talmud: Translation and Commentary. CD Edition. Hendrickson Publishers, 2006). Specific information regarding coverage comes from the highly recommended Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash, by Günter Stemberger and H. L. Strack. Second [English] Edition translated by Markus Bockmuehl (Fortress Press, 1996). I trust others will find this chart as useful as I have found the making of it informative, indeed fascinating.

Many thanks especially to Professor Neusner for his work and his recommendation of Stemberger-Strack.

Mishnah T Y B
זראים 1. Zera‘im “Agriculture”
ברכות Berakhot “Blessings” x x x
פיאה Pe’ah “the corner of the field” x x  
דמאי Dema’i “doubtfully tithed produce” x x  
כלאיים Kilayim “mixed seeds” x x  
שביעית Shebi`it “the seventh year” x x  
תרומות Terumot “heave offering or priestly rations” x x  
מעשרות Ma`aserot “tithes” x x  
מעשר שני Ma`aser Sheni “second tithe” x x  
חלה Hallah “dough offering” x x  
עורלה `Orlah “produce of trees in the first three years after planting, which is prohibited” x x  
ביכורים Bikkurim “first fruits” x x  
 
מועד 2. Mo`ed “Appointed Times”
שבת Shabbat “the Sabbath” x x (2) x
עירובין `Erubin “the fictive fusion meal or boundary” x x x
פסחים Pesahim “Passover” x x x
שקלים Sheqalim “the Temple tax” x x  
יומא Yoma “the Day of Atonement” x x x
סוכה Sukkah “the festival of Tabernacles” x x x
ביצה Besah (the preparation of food on the festivals and Sabbath) x x x
ראש השנה Rosh Hashanah “the New Year” x x x
תענית Ta`anit “fast days” x x x
מגילה Megillah “Purim” x x x
מועד קטן Mo`ed Qatan (the intermediate days of the festivals of Passover and Tabernacles) x x x
חגיגה Hagigah “the festal offering” x x x
 
נשים 3. Nashim “Women”
יבמות Yebamot “the levirate widow” x x x
כתובות Ketubot “the marriage contract” x x x
נדרים Nedarim “vows” x x x
נזיר Nazir “the special vow of the Nazirite” x x x
סוטה Sotah “the wife accused of adultery” x x x
גיטין Gittin “writs of divorce” x x x
קידושין Qiddushin “betrothal” x x x
 
נזיקין 4. Neziqin “Damages or civil law”
בבא קמא Baba Qamma “the first gate” (devoted to civil law) x x x
בבא מציעא Baba Mesi‘a the middle gate” (devoted to civil law) x x x
בבא בתרא Baba Batra “the last gate” (devoted to civil law) x x x
סנהדרין Sanhedrin (institutions of government; criminal penalties) x x x
מכות Makkot “flogging” x x (3) x
עבודה זרה `Abodah Zarah (rules governing dealings with Gentiles) x x x
הוריות Horayot (rules governing improper conduct of civil authorities). x x x
שבועות Shebu‘ot “oaths” x x x
עדייות `Eduyyot (a collection arranged on other than topical lines) x    
אבות Abot is generally located in the fourth division.      
 
קודשים 5. Qodoshim “Holy Things”
זבחים Zebahim (everyday animal offerings) x   x
מנחות Menahot (meal offerings) x   x
חולין Hullin (animals slaughtered for secular purposes) x   x
בכורות Bekhorot “firstlings” x   x
ערכין `Arakhin (vows of valuation) x   x
תמורה Temurah (vows of exchange of a beast for an already consecrated beast) x   x
כריתות Keritot (penalty of extirpation or premature death) x   x
מעילה Me`ilah “sacrilege” x   x
תמיד Tamid (the daily whole offering)     x (5)
מידות Middot (the layout of the Temple building)      
קינים Qinnim (how to deal with bird offerings designated for a given purpose and then mixed up, not a topical exposition but a set of problems to be solved)      
 
טהרות 6. Tohorot “Purity”
כלים Kelim (susceptibility of utensils to uncleanness) x (1)    
אוהלות Ohalot (transmission of corpse uncleanness in the tent of a corpse) x    
נגעים Nega`im (the uncleanness described at Lev 13–14) x    
פרה Parah (the preparation of purification-water) x    
טהרות Tohorot (problems of doubt in connection with matters of cleanness) x    
מקואות Miqva’ot “immersion-pools” x    
נידה Niddah “menstrual uncleanness” x x (4) x
מכשירין Makhshirin (rendering susceptible to uncleanness produce that is dry and so not susceptible) x    
זבים Zabim (the uncleanness covered at Lev. 15) x    
טבול יום Tebul-Yom (the uncleanness of one who has immersed on that self-same day and awaits sunset for completion of the purification rites) x    
ידיים Yadayim (the uncleanness of hands) x    
עוקצין `Uqsin (the uncleanness transmitted through what is connected to unclean produce) x    

Notes:
Mishnah tractates Abot, Middot, and Qinnim are not covered in T, Y, B.
(1) In Tosefta, Kelim is divided into three parts: Baba Qamma, Baba Mesi’a, Baba Batra
(2) In Yerushalmi, Shabbat lacks chapters 21 through 24
(3) In Yerushalmi, Makkot lacks chapter 3
(4) In Yerushalmi, Niddah lacks chapters 4 through 10
(5) In Bavli, Tamid covers only chapters 1, 2, 4

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