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A History of the Jews in Babylonia V: Later Sasanian Times

A History of the Jews in Babylonia V: Later Sasanian Times

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2008

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Jacob Neusner describes the lives of the Jewish people in Babylon from the end of the fourth century AD until the demise of the Sasanian dynasty in the seventh century. Focusing on the cultural and sociological aspects of Jewish life during this time, he highlights how political events with the rulers of the Sasanian dynasty affected Jewish customs and traditions such as food laws, sexual taboos and circumcision, and mourning rites.

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.).