Economy and Society


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

Economy and Society

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This chapter evaluates the use of rabbinic literature in the study of the economy and society in Roman Palestine. It suggests that rabbinic literature can be an important resource for social and economic historians of the second through the fourth centuries and later only if it is properly understood. It explains that rabbinic texts reflect considerable concern for the stuff of economic and social history, and they do so from the perspective of conformist but fundamentally alienated provincials.

Keywords: rabbinic literature; economy; society; Roman Palestine; rabbinic texts; economic history; social history

Chapter.  6040 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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