Historiography on the Jews in the ‘Talmudic Period’ (70–640 <span class="smallCaps">ce</span>)

Seth Schwartz

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780199280322
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577260 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Historiography on the Jews in the ‘Talmudic Period’ (70–640 ce)

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This article presents a narrative history of the Jews between the destruction of the Second Temple (70 ce) and the Arab conquest of Palestine (c.640 ce). After the destruction, Palestine was made into a standard Roman province in a way which at least curtailed the Jews' traditional autonomy. Nevertheless, the Jews rebelled again, with disastrous results. The Diaspora Revolt (115–17 ce) seems to have ended in the decimation or destruction of the Jewish settlements in Egypt, Libya, and several other places, while the Bar Kokhba Revolt (132–5) brought an end to the Jews' hopes for the restoration of Jerusalem and the Temple and, more tangibly, to Jewish settlement in the district of Judaea. The historiography of the past sixty years on the Jews in the ‘Talmud period’ can be divided into two very broad tendencies, which may be designated Israeli and non-Israeli.

Keywords: Talmud Period; Second Temple; Palestine; Diaspora Revolt; Jewish settlements; historiography; Judaea; Bar Kokhba Revolt

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies ; History of Religion

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