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Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine: Decoding the Literary Record

Richard Kalmin


The Babylonian Talmud was compiled in the 3rd through 6th centuries CE, by rabbis living under Sasanian Persian rule in the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. What kind of society did these rabbis inhabit? What effect did that society have on important rabbinic texts? This book offers a re-examination of rabbinic culture of late antique Babylonia. It shows how this culture was shaped in part by Persia on the one hand, and by Roman Palestine on the other. The mid 4th century CE in Jewish Babylonia was a period of particularly intense “Palestinianization,” at the same time that the Me ... More

Keywords: Babylonian Talmud, Sasanian Persian rule, rabbinic culture, Persia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195306198.001.0001


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Richard Kalmin, author
Jewish Theological Seminary
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