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Gemara

(g hard), which means “complement,” is applied to the second part of the Talmud, which consists of annotations, discussions, and amplifications of the Jewish Mishna. There is the Babylonian Gemara and the Jerusalem Gemara. The former, which is the more complete, is by the academies of Babylon; the latter by those of Palestine.

“Scribes and Pharisees ... set little value on the study of the Law itself, but much on that of the commentaries of the rabbis, now embodied in the Mishna and Gemara.” —Geikie: Life of Christ, vol. ii. ch. xxxvi. p. 64.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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