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Question 3.13:
What is the relationship between the Tosefta and the Mishna?


The Tosefta was written shortly after the Mishna was redacted, and seems to act as a supplement to it. It extensively quotes most of the Mishna. The Tosefta offers author's names for laws that are anonymous in the Mishna; It augments the Mishna with additional glosses and discussions.

Additionally, it functions as a commentary on unquoted Mishnaic material; It offers additional haggadic and midrashic material, and it sometimes contradicts the Mishna in deciding Halakha, or in declaring in whose name a law was given.

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