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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Martin Goodman and Philip Alexander

Abstract

This volume brings together studies in the rabbinic literature of late antiquity by specialists in the history of the Jews in that period in order to reveal the value of rabbinic material as historical evidence and to show the problems and issues which arise in its exploitation. An introductory section discusses the current state of knowledge about Palestine in this period and debates 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 themati ... More

Keywords: rabbinic literature, late antiquity, Jews, historical evidence, Palestine, editing, dating

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264744
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Goodman, editor
Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy

Philip Alexander, editor
Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature, University of Manchester; Fellow of the British Academy

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Introduction

MARTIN GOODMAN

Part I The Issues

Part II The Rabbinic Texts

12 The Future of Ancient Piyyut

WOUT JAC VAN BEKKUM

13 Targum

ROBERT HAYWARD

Part IIIHistory

20 Politics and Administration

AHARON OPPENHEIMER

Conclusion

MARTIN GOODMAN

End Matter