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Jewish Law during the Tannaitic Period

Peretz Segal

in An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262626
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682360 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262626.003.0005
Jewish Law during the Tannaitic Period

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Because of how the Roman rule initiated movements such as the loss of the Temple and the emergence of the symbol of Jewish spiritual independence, the Jewish population resorted to numerous instances of revolt and rebellion against the Romans. While the term ‘tanna’ is used to refer to one who recites the law, the tannaitic period signifies a time of immense political turmoil and significant changes and developments within Jewish Law. While this period is conventionally believed to have started such events as the Romans destroying the Second Temple and its institutions in 70 C.E., this chapter attempts to look into writings regarding the developments in the tannaitic period, which ranges from the early first century to the early third.

Keywords: Roman rule; spiritual independence; Temple; Jewish Law; tanna; tannaitic period

Chapter.  16660 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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