The sage in Jewish society of late antiquity /

"The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity explores the social position of rabbis in Palestinian (Roman) and Babylonian (Persian) society from the period of the fall of the Temple in 70 CE to late antiquity. The author argues that ancient rabbinic sources depict comparable differences betwee...

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Main Author: Kalmin, Richard Lee.
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:New York : Routledge, 1999.
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Main Author:Kalmin, Richard Lee.
Summary:"The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity explores the social position of rabbis in Palestinian (Roman) and Babylonian (Persian) society from the period of the fall of the Temple in 70 CE to late antiquity. The author argues that ancient rabbinic sources depict comparable differences between Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic relationships with non-rabbis. Palestinian sages interacted closely with non-rabbis, in part because of their relatively insecure place in society, whereas Babylonian sages occupied a stronger place in society and could therefore afford to keep their distance from non-rabbis. Richard Kalmin also discusses the historicity of rabbinic portrayals and places rabbinic scriptural comments in a historical context. He argues that these interpretations were motivated not only by a desire to explicate the Biblical text but also by social, cultural, religious, polemical and apologetic concerns." --Book Jacket.

The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquityexplores the social position of rabbis in Palestinian (Roman) and Babylonian (Persian) society from the period of the fall of the Temple to late antiquity. The author argues that ancient rabbinic sources depict comparable differences between Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic relationships with non-Rabbis.

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Physical Description:1 online resource (x, 180 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-164) and indexes.
ISBN:0203050622 (electronic bk.)
9780203050620 (electronic bk.)
9780415196949
0415196949
9780415196956 (pbk.)
0415196957 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Richard Kalman is the Theodore R Racoosin Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Sages, Stories, Authors and Editors in Rabbinic Babylonia

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