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How many letters are in the Talmud?*

How many words are in the Talmud?

How many dafim are in the Talmud?

How many tractates are in the Talmud?

How many letters, words, and dafim are in every tractate of Talmud?

  • When I say Talmud I mean the classic Vilna edition of Talmud Bavli. (The one with Shekalim)

I just want to get a sense of how big it is. And to compare with other texts. Statistics.

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-2 and no comments – user6781 Aug 5 '14 at 19:24
I removed my downvote after you improved your questions. That being said I'm curious as to how you expect to count letters given the variances in the vilna edition. – Yitzchak Aug 5 '14 at 19:27
You also need to be more specific. Do you mean the first Vilna edition which didn't include shekalim, or the second one which did? – Yitzchak Aug 5 '14 at 19:28
אייתו אשלי ומשחו – Danno Aug 5 '14 at 19:57
It would improve your question. – Double AA Aug 5 '14 at 22:36

I can answer only 1 of your questions, as I have memorized the names of all the 63 tractates ... unless you want to include the "small tractates" that appear after Avodah zarah (such as Avot D'Rav Nattan) - I think that would add another 5 or 6 to that number.

Many tractates only have mishnah - not Gemarrah.

Wikipedia article on Talmud should provide you with sufficient statistics to answer most of your other questions such as number of chapters in each tractate, and perhaps, number of pages, as well.

If you want to know how many pages are in each tractate as well as the entire Bavli, try any Daf Yomi site. The one I use to study daily is Dafnotes.

Word and letter stats may be a bit trickier. I don't know anyone who has calculated this.

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any way you do it is fine. But just say what number you are counting on e.g X Tractates excluding small tractates and tractates that do not have mishna. – user6781 Aug 6 '14 at 13:18
Go by 1st answer, then, which is 63. – DanF Aug 6 '14 at 15:08

I was searching through this site and I saw this question what is the longest masechta?

So this link answers all my questions


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OK, my own curiosity ... did you ask this question with the specific purpose of answering it yourself? Not that there's anything wrong with that :-) – DanF Aug 6 '14 at 21:36

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