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‘Rabbinic Culture’ and Roman Culture

SETH SCHWARTZ

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/9780197264744.003.0017

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘Rabbinic Culture’ and Roman Culture

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This chapter examines Roman culture through an analysis of rabbinic literature. The findings indicate that Rabbinic texts tell satisfyingly complex stories about Roman culture and its reception. The analyses of some rabbinic stories also attest to a relatively unfraught process of romanisation. However, the rabbinic tales are complicated by all sorts of contextual issues including the rabbis' rejection of Rome and of romanitas in all its manifestations.

Keywords: Roman culture; rabbinic literature; rabbinic texts; romanisation; contextual issues; romanitas

Chapter.  7947 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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