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Rabbinic Perceptions of Christianity and the History of Roman Palestine

WILLIAM HORBURY

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/9780197264744.003.0020

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Rabbinic Perceptions of Christianity and the History of Roman Palestine

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This chapter evaluates the use of rabbinic literature in the study of the history of Christianity in Roman Palestine. It explains that this issue goes back to medieval Jewish-Christian controversy and intertwines with the whole history of the reception of the Talmud in Europe and the western world. It suggests that the view that Christians are most often envisaged in the rabbinic references to minim is consistent with the likelihood that Christianity is envisaged in a number of rabbinic and targumic passages which do not mention minim.

Keywords: rabbinic literature; Christianity; Roman Palestine; Jewish-Christian controversy; Talmud; Europe; minim; targumic passages

Chapter.  11724 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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