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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 Tosefta and Its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the Historical Reliability of Case Stories

The Tosefta and Its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the Historical Reliability of Case Stories

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(p.117) 7 The Tosefta and Its Value for Historical Research: Questioning the Historical Reliability of Case Stories
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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
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RONEN REICHMAN

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0008

This chapter examines the reliability of using the tosefta for historical research. It explains that the tosefta is a compilation of early rabbinic legal traditions which date from the first to the early third century CE. It discusses the different manuscripts, editions and translations of the tosefta. It concludes that the narratives or case stories in the tosefta possess significance for historical research and their relevance ranges from an increased understanding of the daily life of the Jews in Palestine and the activity of the rabbis in society to the more precise determination of their power and position within society.

Keywords:   tosefta, historical research, rabbinic legal traditions, case stories, narratives, Jews, Palestine, rabbis

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