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Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia

Richard Kalmin

in Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306194
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784998 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195306198.003.0005
 Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia

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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

Chapter.  8765 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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