One of the most prominent examples of the relevance of and enduring interest in ancient texts is the daf yomi cycle, in which participants read a folio (or daf) of the Babylonian Talmud a day for more than 7 years, until they complete the entire Babylonian Talmud.
The number of daf yomi participants has grown exponentially in the last few decades, and has also expanded demographically beyond Orthodox Jewish men to women and people of all denominations (and faiths). To aid them in their lengthy and dedicated journey, we will produce a brief bibliography of major academic reference works and secondary works a few weeks before one tractate is completed and participants move on to the next.
A detailed history of the votive institutions in Ancient Israel. Moshe Benovitz, Kol Nidre: Studies in the Development of Rabbinic Votive Institutions (Brown Judaic Studies 315), Atlanta GA, 1998.
See also the review by Christine Hayes, "Kol Nidre: Studies in the Development of Rabbinic Votive Institutions (review)." Jewish Quarterly Review 92.1 (2001): 219-221.
On the biblical laws and their reception in the Dead Sea Scrolls, see Lawrence Schiffman, "The Law of Vows and Oaths (Num. 30,3-16) in the Zadokite Fragments and the Temple Scroll" Revue de Qumran 15 (1991), pp. 199-214.
On the way the laws of vows and nazirites are treated in the Geonic Halakhot Gedolot, see Mira Balberg, "The Laws of Vows and Nazirites in the book Halakhot Gedolot," Tarbitz 72 (2003), pp. 523-565 [Hebrew].
On the dialect of Nedarim, which is among the "odd" tractates of the Babylonian Talmud in terms of dialect of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, see Yohanan Breuer, "The Babylonian Aramaic in Tractate Karetot According to MS Oxford," Aramaic Studies 5 (2007), pp. 1-45.
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