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Migrating Tales
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Migrating Tales

Richard Kalmin

Abstract

This book situates the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, in its cultural context by reading several rich rabbinic stories against the background of Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, and Mesopotamian literature of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, much of it Christian in origin. The book argues that non-Jewish literature deriving from the eastern Roman provinces is a crucially important key to interpreting Babylonian rabbinic literature, to a degree unimagined by earlier scholars. The book demonstrates the extent to which rabbinic Babylonia was part of the Mediterranean world of late antiquity ... More

Keywords: rabbinic literature, Babylonian Talmud, Bavli, late antiquity, Babylonia, Mediterranean, non-Jewish literature, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277250
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277250.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Kalmin, author
Jewish Theological Seminary