Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Talmud and oaths denying knowledge of a matter

THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Sworn Testimony. In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, how a flying duck aimed at a judge gets the ancient sages out of a moral and intellectual bind.
Chapter Four of Tractrate Shevuot focuses on a type of oath known as the “oath of testimony,” which can be administered to witnesses in a court case. Based on the name, one might think that this is an oath to give truthful testimony, along the lines of the one administered in American courts: “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” In fact, the oath of testimony functions differently: it is taken by potential witnesses who refuse to come to court to testify, on the grounds that they deny knowledge of the matter in question. ...
Read on for the flying duck.

Earlier Daf Yomi columns are noted here and links.

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