The Oxford Annotated Mishnah

DATE September 6, 2023


Gabriele Boccaccini

Jonathan Kaplan

Phillip Lieberman

Joshua Scott ([email protected])



This one-day colloquium will reflect on the place and use of the Mishnah in the study of early Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, and Christianity. Centered in the conversation is the publication of the new Oxford Annotated (2022), edited by Shaye J.D. Cohen and Hayim Lapin.

The event is comprised of two panels, each of which will begin with two or three, 10-15 minute presentations and follow with an open conversation among all participants. The first session (9-11am EST) will discuss the problems of translating the Mishnah in light of the experience of the new edition. The second session (11:30am-1:30pm EST) will instead address the very thorny issue of using the Mishnah for the study of Second Temple Judaism.


This event is co-sponsored by a growing number of institutions and centers:

  • Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies (Univ. of Texas-Austin)
  • Vanderbilt University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Joseph & Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies (Univ. of Maryland)
  • Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (Univ. of Michigan)
  • Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies


Register for this free, virtual event here:


** Schedule is set according to Eastern Daylight time / New York Time**

9:00-11:00am EDT Session 1: Translation Issues relating to the publication of the Mishnah

  • Phil Lieberman (Chair)
  • Shaye Cohen (Presenter)
  • Hayim Lapin (Presenter)
  • Michal Bar Asher Siegal
  • Gregg Gardner
  • Richard Sarason
  • Elizabeth Alexander

11:30am-1:30pm EDT Session 2: The Mishnah and the study of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins: To what extent and in what ways can or should we use the Mishnah?

  • Jonathan Kaplan (Chair)
  • Adele Reinhartz (Presenter)
  • Steven Fraade (Presenter)
  • Krista Dalton (Presenter)
  • Kelley Coblentz Bautch
  • Gabriele Boccaccini
  • Rebecca Wollenberg
  • Paula Fredricksen
  • Tal Ilan
  • Ishay Rosen-Zvi
  • Lawrence Schiffman