I am interested in studying masechet Sofrim, which focuses on scribal arts. They are one of the tractates known as masechtot ketanot.

I have found a very reliable English translation of Avot Derabbi Natan (one of the M.K.). I haven't seen any English translation of Sofrim or the other M.K.'s in the local Judaica store. Does anything exist? I'd rather have a hard-copy book than find it online, but of there is something online, let me know.

  • I can't vouch for its reliability, but I believe Rabbi Steinsaltz included M'gilas Taanis in his shas. I mention this because you may want to find out whether he also included masechtos k'tanos.
    – msh210
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 17:09

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There was a reliable English translation of the masechtot published in a single volume and a two-volume edition from the Soncino Press, titled The Minor Tractates of the Talmud. The tractates were translated by various scholars under the editorship of Dr. Abraham Cohen, it is no longer in print.

Still, you can find it in libraries and used booksellers.


Dr. Michael Higger translated into English the following masechtos ketanos: Sefer Torah, Mezuzah, Tefillin, Zizit, Abadim, Kutim & Gerim. The translations were published in the back of his Hebrew edition, available at HebrewBooks here.

While Soncino in fact also translated these listed, and others, I prefer Higger’s because he critically edited the Hebrew (original) and so it gave him somewhat of “an edge”. However, Soncino’s is nevertheless also a great translation.

  • Soncino brings many variations of text which is very useful
    – sam
    Commented Jul 25, 2019 at 23:11
  • @sam Indeed they do; almost certain they consulted Higger’s edition.
    – Oliver
    Commented Jul 25, 2019 at 23:18
  • Ah,very possible ,it sorta rings a bell
    – sam
    Commented Jul 25, 2019 at 23:26
  • This is a wonderful find - many thanks !
    – mbloch
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 5:31
  • @mbloch Very welcome. If not for you editing the tags to the original q I prob would never have seen the q altogether.
    – Oliver
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 13:48

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