When was the redaction of the Sifre (midrash halakha on Bamidbar and Devarim)? I would like to know in context with Mishna, Tosefta, and other Tannaitic literature. Please source your answers.

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    By "in context" you mean whether it was published before them or after them?
    – msh210
    May 17, 2012 at 17:27
  • Yes. Kind of like a timeline? May 17, 2012 at 21:51
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    According to R' Yochanan in Sanhedrin (86a), the unsourced teachings of the Sifri were written by R' Shimon. Even if it was compiled after his time from his teachings, it was at least written by the time of R' Yochanan, who said that teaching in Sanhedrin. Thus, it would have been written no earlier than the early second century nor later than the mid-third century.
    – DonielF
    Apr 5, 2017 at 20:46

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Sifre appears to be redacted by mid-third century CE. See Fraide's From Tradition to Commentary: Torah and its Interpretation in the Midrash Sifre to Deuteronomy

This would place it slightly after Mishna with its redaction at 220 CE, something widely accepted and available on Wikipedia as well. Academic debates aside, this would also place it slightly after/around Tosefta, which was collected contemporaneously to the Mishna.

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    220 CE is the middle of the third century!
    – Double AA
    May 18, 2012 at 5:09
  • @DoubleAA late night, corrected.
    – minhag
    May 18, 2012 at 12:57

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