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Using Rabbinic Literature as a Source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issues<sup>1</sup>

PHILIP ALEXANDER

in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264744
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0002

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Using Rabbinic Literature as a Source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issues1

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This chapter examines problems concerning the use of rabbinic literature as a resource for studying the history of late-Roman Palestine. It discusses the rabbinic corpus, the composition and transmission of the texts, the language and the genres of rabbinic literature. It concludes that rabbinic literature requires very heavy processing before its potential as a historical source can be realised and it states that the extent to which scholars engaged with this literature have done the preliminary work remains patchy.

Keywords: rabbinic literature; late-Roman Palestine; history; rabbinic corpus; historical resource; transmission of texts

Chapter.  8455 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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