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Talmud Line breaks: Tal¦mud
Pronunciation: /ˈtalmʊd/

Definition of Talmud in English:


(the Talmud)
The body of Jewish civil and ceremonial law and legend comprising the Mishnah and the Gemara. There are two versions of the Talmud: the Babylonian Talmud (which dates from the 5th century ad but includes earlier material) and the earlier Palestinian or Jerusalem Talmud.
Example sentences
  • The obligation to give workers fair warning of their deficiencies is mentioned in the Talmud.
  • Nevertheless, a wide variety of views on asceticism are found in the Talmud.
  • His enlightened mind refused to condemn the Talmud without a most searching enquiry.


From late Hebrew talmūḏ 'instruction', from Hebrew lāmaḏ 'learn'.



Pronunciation: /talˈmʊdɪk/
Example sentences
  • Both the Bible and the Talmud allow polygamy, though by Talmudic times it was no longer common practice.
  • The above Talmudic passage should teach them that several thousand years ago, some very wise people had already thoroughly analyzed human life.
  • In their philosophical work, both relied on texts drawn from Biblical, Talmudic, and other Judaic sources.


Pronunciation: /talˈmʊdɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The teaching of the above Talmudical passage is now evident.
  • Similarly, no final decision is normally rendered between conflicting Talmudical opinions in the case of laws that are no longer applicable.
  • Furthermore, it must be remembered that the Talmudical ethics is largely based on the ethics of the Bible.


Pronunciation: /ˈtalmʊdɪst/
Example sentences
  • The same point was made by the famed 12th-century Talmudist and philosopher, in the Mishneh Torah (Laws of Repentance, 3:2).
  • The thirteenth-century Talmudist comments similarly: ‘As long as they are still answering amen, the blessing has not concluded.’
  • He achieved note as philosopher, scientist, Talmudist, author, commentator, grammarian, translator, educator, and religious leader, but not without controversy in virtually every field.

Words that rhyme with Talmud

girlhood • Malamud

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