The Talmud is a central text of mainstream Judaism, in the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs and history. An early version was put together around AD 200, but it did not reach something like its present form until around AD 500.
Talmud in "Shtetl Days"
Although the Greater German Reich wiped out the Jews during and after the War of Retribution, it preserved the Talmud. In the mid 21st century, the Reich's Commissariat for the Strengthening of the German Populace created several shtetls as tourist attractions. The Commissariat also hired actors to play the parts of the extinct Jews. These method actors were required to be conversant in the Talmud, among other Jewish texts.