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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 Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaism

The Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaism

(p.25) 2 The Palestinian Context of Rabbinic Judaism
Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine


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This chapter examines the rabbinic Judaism from the Palestinian context. It suggests that it is not possible to provide any unambiguous framework which will offer clues to the context, or contexts, in which the extraordinary corpus of rabbinic works was composed. It concludes that the composition of the rabbinic literature could only take place in a society marked by a complex interplay of beliefs, ethnic identities and languages and identifies the most common points of reference in Jewish religious writing.

Keywords:   rabbinic Judaism, Palestine, rabbinic corpus, rabbinic literature, beliefs, ethnic identities, Jewish religious writing

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