I am studying Mishnayot from Seder Zeraim and I am often having difficulties because I have no idea how agriculture worked in the days of the Second Temple (or even today). Are there any good resources (online or in sefarim, preferably in English) to help me understand how agriculture worked/works, and how that informs the halachot?

  • +1 but can use some more clarification
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 7:52
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    my chavruta used to lament to me, "if only we were farmers, we'd understand the gemara"
    – Menachem
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 8:21
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    I think the foreword of the Steinsaltz edition of the talmud does a good job. Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 8:31
  • books.google.co.cr/… -- footnote 10 has some names of books that discuss agriculture in talmudic times. some may be helpful to you
    – Menachem
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 8:33
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    Have you seen this Artscroll edition? Seems to have a lots of illustrations: artscroll.com/Books/9781422619537.html Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 8:53

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The Koren Steinsaltz HaMishna HaMivueret is an excellent Mishna set which is "also accompanied by helpful illustrations, maps, photos, and charts to aid understanding and bring the Mishna into the present day".

For example, here is an excerpt that they provide.

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