A History of the Jews in Babylonia: The Parthian Period

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (2) from $37.98   
  • New (2) from $37.98   
Sending request ...

Product Details

Meet the Author

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Preface to Second Printing, Revised xvi
Chronology xix
List of Abbrevations xxii
I From Mithridates I to Orodes II, Ca. 140-40 b.c.e. 1
i. Babylonia 1
ii. Survival of Babylonian Civilization 3
iii. Greeks in Babylonia 6
iv. Jews in Babylonia 10
v. Parthians in Babylonia 15
vi. Parthians and Jews 23
vii. Summary 31
II From Phraates IV to Vologases I, Ca. 40 b.c.e. to 79 c.e. 34
i. Herod and Babylonian Jewry 34
ii. Hillel 39
iii. Zamaris 41
iv. Babylonian Jewry and Jerusalem 44
v. Judah ben Bathyra in Nisibis 46
vi. Nehemiah of Bet Deli in Nehardea 52
vii. Jewish Self-Government in First-Century Babylonia 53
viii. The Conversion of Adiabene 61
ix. Babylonian Jewry and the War of 66-73 67
x. Summary 70
III From Pacorus II to Artabanus V, Ca. 80-227 c.e. 74
i. Babylonian Jewry and Parthian Foreign Policy 74
ii. The Revolt Against Trajan. Babylonian Jewry and Bar Kokhba's War 76
iii. Rabbi Nathan and Preparations for the Invasion of Vologases III 79
iv. The Third and Fourth "Jewish Wars Against Rome," Ca. 161-165 and 193-197 86
v. Rabbi Judah the Prince and Ardavan V, Ca. 215-216 88
vi. Babylonian Jews in International Commerce 94
vii. Babylonian Jews and Parthian Culture 100
viii. Jewish Self-Government in Second-Century Babylonia: To the Time of Rabbi Judah the Prince 103
ix. Exilarch and Patriarch at the End of the Second Century 107
x. Summary 119
IV The Tannaitic Movement in Babylonia, 70-226 c.e. 122
i. Hananiah the Nephew of Rabbi Joshua in Nehar Pekod 122
ii. Rabbi Judah ben Bathyra (II) in Nisibis 130
iii. The Students of Rabbi Akiba in Nisibis 134
iv. R. Josiah and R. Jonathan, Students of R. Ishmael, and R. Nathan in Huzal 137
v. Babylonian Tannaitic Contemporaries of Rabbi Judah the Prince 144
vi. Babylonian Judaism at the End of the Tannaitic Period: Schools, Courts, Curriculum 156
vii. Summary 172
I Seleucid, Parthian, and Roman Rulers 178
II Christianity East of the Euphrates 180
III Classical Views of Tannaitic Judaism in Babylonia and a New Hypothesis 184
IV On Rav's Ordination 188
V Tannaim and the Davidic Line 190
VI Literary Remnants of Huzal, Ca. 135-150 c.e. 192
VII The Problem of Joseph the Babylonian 201
Bibliography 204
Index of Talmud Passages Cited 227
Index 233
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)