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Handbook of Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity, 135–700 CE$
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Eyal Ben-Eliyahu, Yehudah Cohn, and Fergus Millar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265222

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265222.001.0001

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Historical Introduction

Historical Introduction

(p.1) 1 Historical Introduction
Handbook of Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity, 135–700 CE

Eyal Ben-Eliyahu

Yehudah Cohn

Fergus Millar

British Academy

This chapter first sets out the aim of this book, which is to provide a guide on Jewish literature composed in the first millennium ce in Hebrew or Aramaic, either in Palestine under Roman rule or in Babylonia under the rule of the Sassanid kings of Persia. It offers essential information on the printed editions of each; their contents and likely date of redaction; translations into European languages; modern commentaries, whether in a European language or Hebrew; electronic texts, if available; and the manuscripts in which each is found. The discussions then turn to how to approach the Jewish literature of Late Antiquity and the character of Late Antique Jewish literature.

Keywords:   Judaism, Jewish literature, late Antiquity

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