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The Tosefta and Its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the Historical Reliability of Case Stories

RONEN REICHMAN

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/9780197264744.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Tosefta and Its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the Historical Reliability of Case Stories

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This chapter examines the reliability of using the tosefta for historical research. It explains that the tosefta is a compilation of early rabbinic legal traditions which date from the first to the early third century CE. It discusses the different manuscripts, editions and translations of the tosefta. It concludes that the narratives or case stories in the tosefta possess significance for historical research and their relevance ranges from an increased understanding of the daily life of the Jews in Palestine and the activity of the rabbis in society to the more precise determination of their power and position within society.

Keywords: tosefta; historical research; rabbinic legal traditions; case stories; narratives; Jews; Palestine; rabbis

Chapter.  4985 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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