69 leaves (13¾ x 9½ in.; 350 x 242 mm). collation: 1-88, 95=69 leaves, woodcut initial word panel; title supplied in photocopy, some light dampstains in top and bottom margins, lower blank half of last leaf renewed shaving last line. Half vellum.
Vinograd, Venice 55; Habermann 57
Bekhorot (First-born), fourth tractate in the order Kodashim, deals in nine chapters, with the laws relating to the first-born, both of humans and animals. Since the biblical regulations distinguish between three kinds of first-born—those of unclean animals, those of clean animals, and the first-born of man—the tractate follows suit accordingly. The question of blemishes is treated, those which would render an animal unfit for sacrifice as well as those which would preclude a kohen from taking part in the Temple service. The question of redemption of the human first-born (pidyon ha-ben), is followed by a discussion of the privileges of the first-born with regard to inheritance.
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