On the Study of Redaction
Rabbi Yechiel Ya’akov Weinberg writes about the immeasurable importance of the study of the redaction of the Mishnah.
“Notwithstanding the extensiveness of the exegetical literature on the Mishnah, there remain many cryptic passages and difficult to understand Mishnayoth that can only be explained in light of critical analysis distinguishing sources and the way they came together” (Kithvei R. Weinberg ,pg. 200, “The sources of the Mishnah and its manner of redaction“).”
Rabbi Yechiel Ya’akov Weinberg believed that even historio-literary questions are extremely important even if they do not shed light on the interpretation of the Mishnah