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Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran

Jason Sion Mokhtarian


This book is a synthetic study of the impact of the Persian Sasanian context on the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. What impact did the Persian Zoroastrian Empire, as both a real historical force and imaginary interlocutor, have on rabbinic identity and authority as expressed in the Talmud? Drawing from the field of comparative religion, this monograph aims to answer this question by bringing into mutual fruition Talmudic studies and ancient Iranology, two historically distinct disciplines. In addition to providing a vigorous defense of the need ... More

Keywords: Babylonian Talmud, rabbinic literature, ancient Iran, Sasanian Empire, Zoroastrianism, comparative religion, Aramaic bowls, Middle Persian, authority, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286207
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Sion Mokhtarian, author