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A History of the Jews in Babylonia III: From Shapur I to Shapur II

A History of the Jews in Babylonia III: From Shapur I to Shapur II

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2008

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Jewish scholarly work and teaching in Babylon declined following the deaths of the rabbinic scholars Rav and Samuel. Jacob Neusner details the role of the Rabbinate in Babylonian Jewish history during this transitional period, focusing on cultural and sociopolitical aspects of rabbinic life such as educational and legal systems, festivals and holidays, and marriage and family affairs.

Author Bio

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).