About This Text
Composed: Talmudic Israel/Babylon, c.100 BCE – c.900 CE
Derekh Eretz Rabbah (“The Great Way of the Land”) is one of the minor tractates, or works written in the style of the Mishnah on topics for which there is no specific tractate in the Mishnah or Talmud. The tractate is composed of several parts, the bulk of which is likely from the time period of the Mishnah or early Talmud. The first chapter discusses prohibited marriages. The second chapter discusses sins of the wicked and extols the virtues of the righteous. The remaining nine chapters discuss rules of conduct and etiquette for sages and their disciples.