How many Mishnaoyot are there?

For counting purposes I am only interested in the counting of the author's. Meaning if the mishna puts two rules together under one halacha that counts as 1 and not 2. Also, I am only interested in published sets of the Mishna. I.e. I am not interested in how either the Talmud Yerushalmi or Talmud bavli breaks up the Mishnayot for this question.

I imagine that if someone has access to the Bar Ilan research tools the answer would be easy to find out.

I am curious to compare this number to other methods of counting halachot.

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    Note that there are different schemes for breaking up the Mishna into individual mishnayos. But I guess any answer can indicate which scheme it's using.
    – msh210
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 6:16
  • This is one of a group of similar questions: mitzvos, Mishna, Y'rushalmi, Bavli, Mishne Tora, Shulchan Aruch, Mishna B'rura, Yalkut Yosef
    – msh210
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 6:22
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    Note also that the tally can vary based on whether Pereq Qinyan Torah ( the "sixth" of Masekhet Avot) or Pereq Androginos ( The "fourth" of Masekhet Bikurim, which came from the Tosefta) were included in the count. If there is a tally of chapters mentioned as well, a total of 523 chapters would indicate neither were included, and a total of 525 would indicate both were included.
    – Tamir Evan
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 16:14

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There are 4192 Mishnayos. Source: The back of the משניות set that's called משנה סדורה.

See this online downloadable version.

Edit: Per @Yehoshua's comment, the link no longer seems to work, but I can still see the relevant table on the Internet Archive.

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    Note that there are various ways of breaking it up so you might find slightly different numbers.
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 6:26
  • What various ways are there?
    – avi
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 6:28
  • Cross referencing this number with the internet, seems to suggest that this is the correct answer. Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/18892/…
    – avi
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 7:04
  • The link doesn't work anymore
    – Yehoshua
    Commented Oct 23, 2018 at 17:53
  • @Yehoshua You're right. I found it on the waybackmachine though web.archive.org/web/20180410001133/https://…
    – Eliyahu
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 16:28

In terms of Perakim, there is a tradition that there are 524 Mishnayot, the same gematria as "Talmud Bavli". I think the number 4192 may refer to actual statements and not perakim.

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    I am not asking for the number of Chapters. I am asking about the number of individual mishnot. This gematria is odd, since the Talmud Bavli does not cover all of the chapters.
    – avi
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 8:35
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    I have never heard of this tradition. Do you know where it comes from or who records it?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 15:22

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