Maimonides on Seder Kodashim
The sequence of the tractates in the Order
After completing his discussions concerning animal sacrifices and all that pertains thereto, as well as the model of the Temple in which the aforementioned sacrifices are offered, he then juxtaposed to these tractate Kinnim. The entire subject matter of this tractate deals with laws of mixtures of birds, meaning if sacrificial bird offerings became mixed up one with another. This topic is considered last because it is not a necessary occurrence, since they may or may not become mixed up. In addition, all their laws are extremely few, as will be clarified in its place. With this tractate, he completed Seder Kodashim. Thus was completed the subdivision of Seder Kodashim into eleven tractates.
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