There are 248 positive commandments and this is reflected in the commonly stated idea that there are 248 (let's say "members") in the human body (commonly stated as bones). Though how it's translated (bones? limbs? members? other?), is another matter and perhaps for another question.

But I haven't seen a list. I think it is more likely there isn't a list, but I think there might be, and I am interested. Does it exist anywhere and if so, where?

Is there any listing of all 248 members of the human body?

  • They are listed in a mishna in Ahalos. Also see here.
    – WAF
    Sep 15, 2016 at 19:59
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They are listed in the Mishna Seder Taharoth, Ohaloth 1:8

A link to an english translation online has been provided by WAF here

30      feet 30 each foot (6 each toe)  
10      ankle 10 each ankle 
2       lower leg 2 in each lower leg   
5       knee 5 each knee    
1       thigh one. Each thigh   
3       hip 3. I guess they're counting only one hip    
11      ribs 11 
30      hand 30 
2       forearm 
2       two in the elbow. 2 elbows  
1       upper arm   
4       shoulder    

totalling 101 on each side

times two is 202.


18      vertebrae   
9       in the head 
8       in the neck 
6       in the chest    
5       openings    

totalling 46            


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