Readings for the First Chapter of B Avodah Zarah
For those who are interested in some interesting articles on the first chapter of B Avodah Zarah. See this chapter by Alyssa Gray and this article by Yehuda Brandes. For numerous others see this good resource.
I also want to add that two very good books have been written about Massechet Avodah Zarah during the past decade. The first is Christine Hayes’s Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds: Accounting for Halakhic Difference in Selected Sugyot from Tractate Avodah Zarah, and the second is Alyssa Gray’s Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah. Christine Hayes argued against a historical-reductionist reading of the differences between the Yerushalmi and Bavli interpretations of Mishnah Avodah Zarah, one that looked to economic or political differences for explanations of these differences. She claimed that internal issues related to exegesis, language, literary structure, etc., played a central role. Alyssa Gray argued that the editors of Bavli Avodah Zarah had before them an edited version of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah.