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A History of the Jews in Babylonia IV: The Age of Shapur II

A History of the Jews in Babylonia IV: The Age of Shapur II

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2008

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In this entry in his History of the Jews in Babylon, Jacob Neusner highlights the relationship between Babylonian emperor Shapur II and the Jewish people. He examines the rise of the Talmud as a staple of Jewish religious life, the continuing relevance of the role of Jewish self-government, and the evolution of Jewish educational life.

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.).