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Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman PalestineDecoding the Literary Record$
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Richard Kalmin

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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Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia

Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia

(p.103) 5 Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia
Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine

Richard Kalmin (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Persian attitudes and practices with regard to idols and idol worship had a significant impact on Babylonia, constituting another respect in which Babylonia was more Persian than Roman during the period under discussion. Specifically, it is argued that the Babylonian Talmud attests to a distinction between Parthian and Sasanian Babylonia that corresponds to and provides a measure of confirmation of scholarly claims regarding the different policies of the Parthian and Sasanian dynasties with respect to idols.

Keywords:   idols, idol worship, Babylonia, Persia, Talmud

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