Hayim Lapin

in Rabbis as Romans

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780195179309
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950355 | DOI:

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How are we to write the history of the Jews, Rabbis among them, in the Roman empire? This introduction lays out some important methodological and theoretical concerns, including what one means by “Romanization,” arguing for a view that takes seriously the premise that Roman-period Judaism was a changing, historically constructed social formation, formed and deeply informed by, its larger Roman imperial context.

Keywords: post-colonial theory; romanization; common Judaism; hegemony

Chapter.  2519 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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