Talmud is a work wherein is deposited the bulk of the
literacy labors of numerous Jewish scholars over a period
of some 700 years, roughly speaking between 200 B.C.E.
and 500 C.E The Talmud is extant in two recessions, Palestinian
word "Talmud" means primarily "study"
or "Learning" and is employed in various
senses. One refers to the opinions and teachings which
disciples acquire from their predecessors in order to
expound and explain them (Seder Tonna'im ve-Amora'im cf.
Rashi to Suk. 28b ; BM 32 a-b, et al.)