Yet Gorenberg neglects to mention that the mishna in Avot actually explicitly prefers a different interpretation.
These few titles may enable the reader to form a general notion of the several subjects on which the mishna treats.
The mishna forms the text, and the Gemara is annexed as the comment or glossary.
Their chief energies were devoted to the study of the oral law in its definite form, the mishna.
Though do not forget that its mishna text was written in Palestine.
As to future punishment, the mishna is unacquainted therewith, as also with a hell.
The period of the compilation of the mishna was by no means a happy one for the Jews.
There is an express case to this purpose in the mishna, in the title of Vows.
After that period there is a great development in the language of the mishna.
Sometimes a few lines of mishna would call for pages and pages of Gemara.