The Talmud Yerushalmi and Graeco-Roman Culture II 978-3-16-158748-1 - Mohr Siebeck
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The Talmud Yerushalmi and Graeco-Roman Culture II

Ed. by Peter Schäfer u. Catherine Hezser

[Der Talmud Yerushalmi und die griechisch-römische Kultur II. Herausgegeben von Peter Schäfer und Catherine Hezser.]

unrevised e-book edition 2020; Original edition 2000; 2000. IX, 291 pages.

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In this second volume international scholars give more new insights into the Talmud Yerushalmi in relation to its cultural context.
This volume continues the studies on the most important source of late antique Judaism, the Talmud Yerushalmi, in relation to its cultural context. The text of the Talmud is juxtaposed to archaeological findings, Roman law, and contemporary classical authors. The attitude of the Rabbis towards main aspects of urban society in the Mediterranean region of late antiquity is discussed. Hereby Rabbinic Judaism is seen as integrated in the cultural currents prevalent in the eastern part of the Roman Empire.

From reviews of the first volume:
»The essays in this volume do not seek to establish a global approach to the task, or any general methodological principles. Caution is everywhere apparent. ... This is an excellent beginning, and more is promised. It would be good if this initiative prompted more Talmudic scholars to take the Greek background of Palestinian rabbinism seriously, and finally put paid to the tendency to consider it as in some way separated from or in conflict with late antique Hellenism.«
N.R.M. De Lange in Bulletin of Judaeo-Greek Studies Winter 1998/99, no. 23, p. 24
Survey of contents
Preface – Martin Goodman: Palestinian Rabbis and the Conversion of Constantine to Christianity – Catherine Hezser: The (In)Significance of Jerusalem in the Talmud Yerushalmi – Hayim Lapin: Rabbis and Cities. Some Aspects of the Rabbinic Movement in its Graeco-Roman Environment – Giuseppe Veltri: Römische Religion an der Peripherie des Reiches. Ein Kapitel rabbinischer Rhetorik – Martin Jacobs: Pagane Tempel in Palästina; rabbinische Aussagen im Vergleich mit archäologischen Funden – Catherine Hezser: Interfaces Between Rabbinic Literature and Graeco-Roman Philosophy – Catherine Hezser: Rabbis and Other Friends. Friendship in the Talmud Yerushalmi and in Graeco-Roman Literature – Aharon Oppenheimer: The Attempt Of Hananiah, Son of Rabbi Joshua's Brother, to Intercalate the Year in Babylonia. A Comparison of the Traditions in the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds

Catherine Hezser 1986 Promotion in Ev. Theologie in Heidelberg mit Schwerpunkt Neues Testament; 1992 Promotion in Jewish Studies am Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; 1997 Habilitation an der FU Berlin; seit 2005 Professorin für Jewish Studies an der School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) der University of London.

Peter Schäfer Geboren 1943; 1968 Promotion; 1973 Habilitation; 1983–2008 Professor für Judaistik an der Freien Universität Berlin; 1998–2013 Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies und Professor of Religion an der Princeton University; 2014–2019 Direktor des Jüdischen Museums Berlin.


The following reviews are known:

In: Journal of Roman Studies — Vol.93 (2003), S.419f (Sacha Stern)
In: Göteborgs Stifts-Tidning — 13.Oktober 2000 (F. Fernbom)
In: Journ.of Americ.Oriental -s.0666384 — Jg.122 (2002), H.1, S. 132ff (Yaron Z. Eliav)
In: New Testament Abstracts — Vol.46 (2002), H.3, S. 595
In: Salesianum — Jg. 64 (2002), H.1, S. 142f (R. Vincent)