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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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Using Rabbinic Literature as a Source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issues1

Using Rabbinic Literature as a Source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issues1

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(p.7) 1 Using Rabbinic Literature as a Source for the History of Late-Roman Palestine: Problems and Issues1
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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
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PHILIP ALEXANDER

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0002

This chapter examines problems concerning the use of rabbinic literature as a resource for studying the history of late-Roman Palestine. It discusses the rabbinic corpus, the composition and transmission of the texts, the language and the genres of rabbinic literature. It concludes that rabbinic literature requires very heavy processing before its potential as a historical source can be realised and it states that the extent to which scholars engaged with this literature have done the preliminary work remains patchy.

Keywords:   rabbinic literature, late-Roman Palestine, history, rabbinic corpus, historical resource, transmission of texts

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