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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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Problems in the Use of the Babylonian Talmud for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: The Example of Astrology

Problems in the Use of the Babylonian Talmud for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: The Example of Astrology

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(p.165) 10 Problems in the Use of the Babylonian Talmud for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: The Example of Astrology
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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
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RICHARD KALMIN

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0011

This chapter evaluates the use of the Babylonian Talmud for the study of the history of late-Roman Palestine using astrology as a case example. It explains that the Babylonian Talmud contains much material which derives from Palestine and may sometimes preserve Palestinian rabbinic material in a form closer to the original than is found in Palestinian compilations. Palestinian sources often do not contain trustworthy evidence about Palestinian Sages and institutions.

Keywords:   Babylonian Talmud, late-Roman Palestine, astrology, rabbinic material, Palestinian Sages

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