- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- Glossary of Hebrew terms
- 1 Using Rabbinic Literature as a Source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issues<sup>1</sup>
- 2 The Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaism
- 3 Research into Rabbinic Literature: An Attempt to Define the <i>Status Quaestionis</i>
- 4 The Status Quaestionis of Research in Rabbinic Literature
- 5 Current Views on the Editing of the Rabbinic Texts of late Antiquity: Reflections on a Debate after Twenty Years
- 6 The State of Mishnah Studies
- 7 The Tosefta and Its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the Historical Reliability of Case Stories
- 8 Halakhic Midrashim as Historical Sources
- 9 The Talmud Yerushalmi
- 10 Problems in the Use of the Babylonian Talmud for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: The Example of Astrology
- 11 Literary Structures and Historical Reconstruction: The Example of an Amoraic Midrash (Leviticus Rabbah)
- 12 The Future of Ancient Piyyut
- 13 Targum
- 14 The Epistle of Sherira Gaon
- 15 Hekhalot Literature and the Origins of Jewish Mysticism
- 16 ‘Rabbinic Culture’ and Roman Culture
- 17 Material Culture and Daily Life
- 18 Rabbinic Literature and the History of Judaism in Late Antiquity: Challenges, Methodologies and New Approaches
- 19 Rabbinic Perceptions of Christianity and the History of Roman Palestine
- 20 Politics and Administration
- 21 Economy and Society
- (p.xvi) (p.1) Introduction
- Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
- British Academy
This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about rabbinic texts of late antiquity and their application in the study of the history of late-Roman Palestine. It investigates whether these rabbinic texts existed in anything like their present form in late antiquity and examines the differing status as historical evidence for late antiquity of different sorts of rabbinic literature. It provides a series of thematic studies of historical topics for which rabbinic evidence has been considered as useful evidence and denied such a role by others.
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