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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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Economy and Society

Economy and Society

(p.389) 21 Economy and Society
Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine


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This chapter evaluates the use of rabbinic literature in the study of the economy and society in Roman Palestine. It suggests that rabbinic literature can be an important resource for social and economic historians of the second through the fourth centuries and later only if it is properly understood. It explains that rabbinic texts reflect considerable concern for the stuff of economic and social history, and they do so from the perspective of conformist but fundamentally alienated provincials.

Keywords:   rabbinic literature, economy, society, Roman Palestine, rabbinic texts, economic history, social history

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