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The Rabbinic Class in Roman Palestine of Late Antiquity
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The Rabbinic Class in Roman Palestine of Late Antiquity

Publisher: JTSA PRESS
Publication Date: 2011
Original Publication Date: 1989
Subject: Rabbis, Israel, Roman rule, Judea, Jewish history
Number of Pages: 229

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Many scholars of Jewish history have devoted themselves to the study of the talmudic period. However to date little attempt has been made to perceive the rabbis as a distinct socio-religious group that functioned within Jewish society of Roman Palestine in late antiquity.

Who belonged to this group? How did the rabbis define their uniqueness? How did they organize and support themselves? What was the nature of the relationships between the members of this group? Between them and the Jewish community at large? Did the rabbis wish to become an integral part of Jewish society, or did they prefer to remain a distinct class exerting influence, to a greater or lesser degree, on society?

The present study explores the character of the rabbinic class of Roman Palestine in late antiquity, particularly in the third and fourth centuries C.E. Gleaning much information from rabbinic literature Mishna, Tosefta, Jerusalem Talmud, Babylonian Talmud, midrashim, etc. and other non-rabbinic sources (e.g., Sefer Ha-Razim), this monograph also draws heavily from the considerable archeological evidence available from the period as well as from relevant non-Jewish sources.
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Lee I. Levine
Lee I. Levine lives in Jerusalem where he has been professor of Jewish History and Archeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem since 1971.

He has written many books and articles on Jewish society in late antiquity, specifically about the rabbis and the ancient synagogue. Professor Levine is the Dean of The Seminary of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, the rabbinical school and teachers institute of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel, and is also a former Vice Chancellor for Israel Affairs of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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