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


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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the application of rabbinic literature in studying the history of late-Roman Palestine. It has been demonstrated that a great deal of evidence preserved within the rabbinic tradition in medieval manuscripts originated in the Roman provinces of Palestine between c.200 and c.700 CE. It was also shown that rabbinic texts, even at their most reliable, can only provide a very partial glimpse of late-Roman Palestine. This chapter also highlights the inherent problems using rabbinic texts as historical source and suggests ways to overcome them.

Keywords: rabbinic literature; history; late-Roman Palestine; medieval manuscripts; historical source

Chapter.  1081 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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