The Sage in Jewish Society in Late Antiquity

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Overview

The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity explores the social position of rabbis in Palestinian (Roman) and Babylonian (Persian) society from the period of the fall of the Temple to late antiquity. The author argues that ancient rabbinic sources depict comparable differences between Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic relationships with non-Rabbis.

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This historical and exegetical study contrasts Babylonian rabbis (Amoraim), who flourished under Persian rule from the early third century CE to the final editing of the Babylonian Talmud in the sixth or seventh century CE, with Palestinian rabbis (Tannaim) of the first-third centuries CE who interacted more with society-at- large. Kalmin (Talmud and rabbinics, Jewish Theological Seminary) contends that ahistorical Talmudic concerns "are nonetheless susceptible to historical analysis." Portions of the book are revised from recent publications and conference presentations. Includes an index of rabbinic and other ancient sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415196949
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Kalman is the Theodore R Racoosin Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Sages, Stories, Authors and Editors in Rabbinic Babylonia

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Historical studies 25
1 Non-rabbinic Jews 27
2 Genealogy 51
3 Hasmonean royalty 61
4 Bible-reading non-Jews and heretics 68
5 Rainmaking 75
Pt. II Exegetical studies 81
6 King David 83
7 Moses 94
8 Ahitofel 101
Conclusion 110
Notes 115
Bibliography 153
General index 165
Index of rabbinic and other ancient sources 171
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