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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine$
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Martin Goodman and Philip Alexander

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264744

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.001.0001

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The Talmud Yerushalmi

The Talmud Yerushalmi

(p.143) 9 The Talmud Yerushalmi
Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine


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This chapter evaluates the usefulness and reliability of the Talmud Yerushalmi as a historical resource. The contents of the Yerushalmi are halakhic and aggadic and these stories constitute an important source for the social history of the rabbinic movement and possibly of other Jews. However, the Yerushalmi contains high incidence of parallel or repeated passages and the textual errors associated with parallel passages indicate that that these parallels were simply copied over from one tractate to the next.

Keywords:   Talmud Yerushalmi, historical resource, halakhic, aggadic, social history, rabbinic movement, Jews, textual errors, repeated passages

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