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One of the nice aspects of the Steinsaltz Gemaras is that he provides little historical background pieces to figures and objects referenced in the text, as well as linguistic analysis of certain non-Hebrew/Aramaic words. I was wondering how his work is received by academics and if he's considered to be reliable in terms of the history/archaeology/linguistics side of his Shas.

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explain the -1 please? –  Yaakov Kuperman Apr 15 '12 at 23:08
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FYI: Shavuot, Koren Publishers will launch its Koren Talmud Bavli--a new English edition of the Talmud with commentary by Rabbi Steinsaltz. A team of scholars, translators, designers and editors has been working on this for years. (mod note: this user is affiliated with said publisher.) –  user1652 Apr 16 '12 at 7:04
    
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17300 –  msh210 Jun 26 '12 at 18:59
    
@SherylAbbey - The Koren edition did pique my interest. It would be very relevant to my question if you could provide more information about the team of scholars you mention –  Yaakov Kuperman Jun 27 '12 at 23:18
    
+1, thank you for asking a great question! –  Adam Mosheh Jul 22 '12 at 18:29
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R Feldman's book gives an academic critique of the the Steinzaltz gemara in this book touching on some of the points in the question

The Eye of the Storm: A Calm View of Raging Issues

By Harav Aharon Feldman

The article was also in Tradition, the full text appears here

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Sorry, but -1. R' Feldman is a profound and well known Rabbi. He is by no means an academic. –  Yaakov Kuperman Apr 16 '12 at 2:02
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All due respect to the Rav, but I'm interested in the academic perspective on history, linguistics, and archaeology, none of which are proficiencies of R' Feldman. I read the article a few years ago and IIRC its criticizing the perush more than anything else. –  Yaakov Kuperman Apr 16 '12 at 2:07
    
I found the article in tradition an linked to it in the answer. Upon rereading it I fully endorse my previous downvote because it's entirely on the perush and format of the english translation of the Gemara. –  Yaakov Kuperman Apr 16 '12 at 2:13
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I think there is more content in the book –  simchastorah Apr 16 '12 at 4:20
    
+1 for the very comprehensive PDF file! Is that the same R' Aharon Feldman who is the Rosh Yeshivah at NIRC? –  Adam Mosheh Jul 22 '12 at 18:30
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