[Ads-l] Blatt

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Feb 7 04:32:30 UTC 2015

Interesting.  Apparently, if I'm interpreting the web info correctly, a "blatt" is half a (double) folio page--17a would be the left-hand side (or, I suppose, the right-hand side) of folio page 17 of the Talmud, and 17b the right (or left?) side of the same folio page, so that's a glatt gemara/gemorah.  This would be a useful (well, occasionally useful) word to have in English.  References to Aristotle's Organon, for example, is given in this same tradition, so De Int. 24b6 is the fourth line of the b side of folio page 24 of "Peri Hermenias" or "On Interpretation" (for some reason usually referred to by its Latin name, "De Interpretatione").  But nobody ever refers to such a page-half as a "blatt Organon", although we could change that if we tried.  


On Feb 6, 2015, at 9:39 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

> In Chaim Potok's 1967 "The Chosen," the protagonist and antagonist are assigned the Talmud in units of blatt (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__bit.ly_16Biez3&d=AwICaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=pdTNzspoLHYG9ZkGhLX-korIYn9xLs5MlLyzormUnbA&s=KKJD9WkOiP-bAjfIPtvOIyr5Sba3aoaXh_Ac3aPK7_s&e= ).
> The word comes up a number of times in Google Books, often as "blatt gemorah," but Wiktionary and the Oxford Dictionary site have it only as a German word.
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