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 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.
David Weiss Halivni's Miqorot UMesorot On the Order of Women/Nashim
Daniel Boyarin's dissertation was a critical edition of the tractate, which however is now impossible to find. However, Boyarin will be publishing part of this in the Talmud Ha-Igud series. Stay tuned. UPDATE: The dissertation is at long last available at the TalmudBlog!
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," Tarbiz 72 (2003), pp. 523-565.
For a study of the evolution of major motifs about Samson in Palestinian rabbinic literature, see Ronit Nikolsky, "Rabbinic Discourse about Samson: Continuity and Change between the Tannaitic Culture to the Amoraic," in Samson: Hero or Fool? (Brill, 2014), pp. 101-118.
On the sociological context of Nazirite vows in Ancient Israel, see Susan Niditch, "Defining and controlling others within : hair, identity, and the Nazirite vow in a Second Temple context," in The "Other" In Second Temple Judaism (2011), pp. 67-85.
On the famous story of Simeon the Righteous and the Narcissistic Nazirite, see Amram Tropper, Simeon the Righteous in Rabbinic Literature (Brill, 2013), Chapter 4.
For a preliminary study on a critical edition of Tractate Nazir, see Daniel Boyarin, “Medieval and Modern Philology: Notes on the First Sugya of BT Nazir,” in Shoshannat Yaakov: wish and Iranian Studies in Honor of Yaakov Elman (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 21-32.