Originally published in the Jewish Law Annual 10 (1992), pp. 296-7.
Adin Steinsaltz, The Babylonian Talmud (Jerusalem: The Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications), Ketubot (1988, 2 vols.), Kiddushin (1989, 2 vols.), Sotah (1990). Adin Steinsaltz continues to produce his popular edition of the tractates of the Babylonian Talmud. Although an historical perspective is somewhat lacking, these volumes are very useful for the realia of the literature. With amazing industry, Steinsaltz has now also produced two English versions: The Talmud, A Reference Guide (New York: Random House, 1989, ISBN 0-394-57666-9), and Tractate Bava Metzia, Part I (only chapter one) (New York: Random House, 1989, ISBN 0-394-57666-7). In similar vein The Artscroll Series has produced Tractate Makkos (sic) in English, ed. Hersh Goldwurm and Nosson Scherman (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, 1990, ISBN 0-89906-725-5). Here the English translation and commentary are placed side by side with the original Hebrew and Aramaic text. L.J.