Politics and Administration


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:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Politics and Administration

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This chapter evaluates the use of rabbinic literature in the study of politics and administration in Roman Palestine. It focuses on the relationship between Severan activities in the field of cities and urbanisation in talmudic sources which include actions and rulings of Rabbi Judah haNasi. The findings reveal that even though the Romans did not force, or even request it, Rabbi Judah haNasi joined in the Severan urbanisation policy, and exempted mixed cities from tithes and the sabbatical laws in order to strengthen the Jewish basis there.

Keywords: rabbinic literature; politics and administration; Roman Palestine; Severan activities; urbanisation; Rabbi Judah haNasi; tithes; sabbatical laws

Chapter.  5668 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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