Setting the Stage

Hayim Lapin

in Rabbis as Romans

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

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This chapter surveys the making of the Roman province of Palaestina at some length. Roman rulers in Palestine at once inherited and precipitated a complex political, administrative and cultural situation, and it is within this setting that the Rabbinic movement emerged. For much of the period under discussion in the book, Palestine was a minor province (even its legions were eventually relocated elsewhere), and it is wrong to expect a specific policy on its Jewish sub-population. To the limited extent that we can identify a Roman policy, it was a policy on Jews as an ethnic or religious group in the empire at large. At the same time, taxation, administrative reorganization, integration into trade patters, and local adoption of broader consumption patters reshaped the landscape that Rabbis and other provincials inhabited.

Keywords: revolt; Bar Kokhba; Jerusalem Temple; Roman legions; christianization; cities; patriarch; nasi; provincialization

Chapter.  15243 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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