(The Last Gate), the third tractate in Seder nezikin
(The Order of Torts), treats, in ten chapters, the laws of real estate, inheritance, and legal document preparation and contains detailed legal definitions of various sellable goods. In terms of the number of printed pages, it is the lengthiest of all the treatises in the Bomberg Talmud. The size of the Bava batra
volume is due in large part to the fact that the characteristically concise commentary of Rashi is included only through f. 29a, apparently because Rashi did not manage to complete the final version of his commentary to the rest of the tractate. Following his death, his grandson, Rabbi Samuel ben Meir (Rashbam; ca. 1080/85-ca. 1174), finished the work, but in the much more expansive, dialectical style typical of the Tosafists, often raising questions about potential contradictions posed by other Talmudic passages and then offering solutions to them.
David (f. [1r])
Schocken Institute, Jerusalem (f. 88r)
“This is the book of my rabbi and teacher, the consummate scholar, a thoroughgoing expert and analytical thinker, our teacher, Rabbi Jacob Bassan, may God keep and redeem him. [Signed by] me, the humble Joseph Rosanes, may God keep and redeem me.” (f. 104v)
A.M. Habermann, Ha-madpis daniyyel bombirgi u-reshimat sifrei beit defuso (Safed: The Museum of Printing Art, 1978), 64 (no. 131).
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