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Wisdom, Politics, and Historiography: Tractate Avot in the Context of the Graeco-Roman Near East

Amram Tropper


In third-century CE Palestine, the leading member of the rabbinic movement put together a highly popular wisdom treatise entitled Tractate Avot. Though Avot has inspired hundreds of commentaries, this book marks the first effort to situate it within the context of the Graeco-Roman Near East. Following his novel interpretation of Avot, this book relates the text to ancient Jewish literary paradigms as well as to relevant socio-political, literary, and intellectual streams of the contemporary Near East. Through comparisons to ancient wisdom literature, the Second Sophistic, Greek and Christian h ... More

Keywords: Palestine, Tractate Avot, Jewish context, Near East, Second Sophistic, Greece

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267125
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amram Tropper, author
Mandel Scholar at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Lecturer in the university's department of Jewish History