Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine by Martin GoodmanRabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine by Martin Goodman

Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

EditorMartin Goodman, Philip Alexander

Hardcover | March 23, 2011

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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.
Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of the British Academy. Philip Alexander is Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the British Academy.
Title:Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman PalestineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0197264743

ISBN - 13:9780197264744


Table of Contents

Martin Goodman: IntroductionPart I: The Issues1. Philip Alexander: Using Rabbinic Literature as a source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issues2. Fergus Millar: The Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaism3. Peter Schafer: Research into Rabbinic Literature: An attempt to define the Status Quaestionis4. Chaim Milikowsky: The Status Quaestionis of Research into Rabbinic Literature5. Peter Schafer and Chaim Milikowsky: Current Views on the Editing of the Rabbinic Texts of Late Antiquity: Reflections on a debate after twenty yearsPart II: The Rabbinic Texts6. Amram Tropper: The State of Mishnah Studies7. Romen Reichman: The Tosefta and its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the historical reliability of case stories8. Gunter Stemberger: Halakhic Midrashim as Historical Sources9. Sacha Stern: The Talmud Yerushalmi10. Richard Kalmin: Problems in the use of the Bavli for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: the example of Astrology11. Alex Samely: Literary Structures and Historical Reconstruction: the example of Amoraic Midrash12. Wout van Bekkum: The Future of Ancient Piyyut13. Robert Hayward: Targum14. Robert Brody: The Epistle of Sherira Gaon15. Peter SchaFer: Hekhalot Literature and the Origins of Jewish MysticismPart III: History16. Seth Schwartz: 'Rabbinic Culture' and Roman Culture17. Catherine Hezser: Material Culture and Daily Life18. Moshe Lavee: Rabbinic Literature and the History of Judaism in Late Antiquity: Challenges, methodology, and new approaches19. William Horbury: Rabbinic Perceptions of Christianity and the History of Roman Palestine20. Aharon Oppenheimer: Politics and Administration21. Hayyim Lapin: Economics and SocietyMartin Goodman: Conclusion