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The Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaism

FERGUS MILLAR

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/9780197264744.003.0003

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaism

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This chapter examines the rabbinic Judaism from the Palestinian context. It suggests that it is not possible to provide any unambiguous framework which will offer clues to the context, or contexts, in which the extraordinary corpus of rabbinic works was composed. It concludes that the composition of the rabbinic literature could only take place in a society marked by a complex interplay of beliefs, ethnic identities and languages and identifies the most common points of reference in Jewish religious writing.

Keywords: rabbinic Judaism; Palestine; rabbinic corpus; rabbinic literature; beliefs; ethnic identities; Jewish religious writing

Chapter.  10890 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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