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Rabbinic texts and the history of late-Roman Palestine /
edited by Martin Goodman & Philip Alexander.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2010.
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419 p. : map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0197264743 (hbk.), 9780197264744 (hbk.)
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Oxford : Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2010.
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0197264743 (hbk.)
9780197264744 (hbk.)
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Proceedings of a conference held in March 2007 at the British Academy.
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7658601
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
Proceedings of a conference held in March 2007 at the British Academy.
Main Description
This volume brings together studies by experts in the rabbinic literature of late antiquity and by specialists in the history of the Jews in that period in order to reveal the value of rabbinic material as historical evidence and the problems and issues which arise in its exploitation. A substantial introductory section discusses the current state of knowledge about Palestine in this period and debates about the difficulties involved in editing and dating rabbinic texts. Specific core texts and text categories are then introduced to the reader in a series of ten discrete studies. The volume concludes with six thematic analyses which illustrate the use and limitations of rabbinic evidence for cultural, religious, political, economic and social history. This volume will be essential reading for all scholars concerned with the history of the later Roman Empire.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume explains to ancient historians the value of the surviving rabbinic material from late-antiquity as evidence for the history of late-Roman Palestine, the nature of that material, and the problems inherent in its use for historical purposes.
Long Description
This volume brings together studies by experts in the rabbinic literature of late antiquity and by specialists in the history of the Jews in that period in order to reveal the value of rabbinic material as historical evidence and the problems and issues which arise in its exploitation.A substantial introductory section discusses the current state of knowledge about Palestine in this period and debates about the difficulties involved in editing and dating rabbinic texts. Specific core texts and text categories are then introduced to the reader in a series of ten discrete studies. The volume concludes with six thematic analyses which illustrate the use and limitations of rabbinic evidence for cultural, religious, political, economic and social history.This volume will be essential reading for all scholars concerned with the history of the later Roman Empire.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
Glossary of Hebrew Termsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Issues
Using Rabbinic Literature as a Source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issuesp. 7
The Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaismp. 25
Research into Rabbinic Literature: An Attempt to Define the Status Quaestionisp. 51
The Status Quaestionis of Research in Rabbinic Literaturep. 67
Current Views on the Editing of the Rabbinic Texts of Late Antiquity: Reflections on a Debate after Twenty Yearsp. 79
The Rabbinic Texts
The State of Mishnah Studiesp. 91
The Tosefta and its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the Historical Reliability of Case Storiesp. 117
Halakhic Midrashim as Historical Sourcesp. 129
The Talmud Yerushalmip. 143
Problems in the Use of the Babylonian Talmud for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: The Example of Astrologyp. 165
Literary Structures and Historical Reconstruction: The Example of an Amoraic Midrash (Leviticus Rabbah)p. 185
The Future of Ancient Piyyutp. 217
Targump. 235
The Epistle of Sherira Gaonp. 253
Hekhalot Literature and the Origins of Jewish Mysticismp. 265
History
'Rabbinic Culture' and Roman Culturep. 283
Material Culture and Daily Lifep. 301
Rabbinic Literature and the History of Judaism in Late Antiquity: Challenges, Methodologies and New Approachesp. 319
Rabbinic Perceptions of Christianity and the History of Roman Palestinep. 353
Politics and Administrationp. 377
Economy and Societyp. 389
Conclusionp. 403
Indexp. 407
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