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All of the examples are taken from the earliest stratum of our material, MishnahTosefta. A. [If a Firstling] has no testicles or if he has one testicle, B. R. Ishmael says: "If he has two sacks, he has two testicles. " C. R. " (M. Bekhorot 6:6) ' Jacob Neusner, Eliezer h. Hyrcanus: The Traditions and the Man (Leiden: 1973)^ Neusner notes these developments in Eliezer b. Hyrcanus, II. ' Gary G. Porton, The Legal Traditions of Rabbi Ishmael: A Form-Critical and Literary-Critical Approach (Unpublished dissertation.

851 f and 859 f. " R . L e v i " refers to the late Amora and not to Levi bar Sissi. The latter was not called " R . L e v i " but " L e v i " . 50 B A R U C H M. ^° A study of the Gn R . parallels of the P T has shown that the former used an earher recension or edition of the l a t t e r . T h i s conclusion is supported by our passage. Thus, undoubtedly the "therefore" reading is not original to Samuel's remarks. Similarly, the reading "over the fire" should be preferred to "over i t . " Thus the form of the present text is "Samuel said, 'Therefore (SMW'L 'MR L Y P K K ) .

He adds that we require further investigation. Tiferet Yisra'el says that when the larger part of the skeleton or the larger number of bones are whole, they render unclean even when not a quarter-^ai. Let us turn, finally, to The Gaon, R a v Elijah, who explains as follows: " T h e quarter-qab is to be gathered from bones which contain the greater part of the frame of the corpse or the greater number of its bones, which render unclean even though in the quarter-^a6 is neither the larger part of the frame or the larger number of bones.

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