After 1,500 years of oral transmission, the Oral Law was recorded by Rebbe Yehudah, President of the Supreme Religious Court, a sixth-generation descendent of the great Hillel. This chapter explores why it was necessary to write down the Oral Law, identifies many of the major authors of the Mishnah, this first text, and further explores the writing of the Medrash, other works of the Mishnaic era, and both the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds.

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