Rabbis, sorcerers, kings, and priests: the culture of the Talmud in ancient Iran

"Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests brings into mutual fruition the fields of Talmudic Studies and Ancient Iranology, two historically distinct disciplines. Mokhtarian offers a revisionist history of the rabbis of late antique Persia who produced the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most impor...

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Main Author: Mokhtarian, Jason Sion 1978-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Oakland, California University of Californiarnia Press [2015]
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Iran / Talmud / History 224-650
Further subjects:B Talmud Iranian influences
B Judaism History Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789
B Judaism History Talmudic period, 10-425
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Summary:"Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests brings into mutual fruition the fields of Talmudic Studies and Ancient Iranology, two historically distinct disciplines. Mokhtarian offers a revisionist history of the rabbis of late antique Persia who produced the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. While most research on the Talmud assumes that the rabbis were an insular group isolated from the cultural horizon outside of the rabbinic academies, this book contextualizes the rabbis and Talmud within a broader socio-cultural orbit by drawing from a wide range of sources from Sasanian Iran, including Middle Persian Zoroastrian literature, archaeological evidence, and the Jewish Aramaic magical bowls"--Provided by publisher
The sources and methods of Talmudic and Iranian studies -- Comparing Sasanian religions -- Rabbinic portrayals of Persians as others -- Rabbis and Sasanian kings in dialogue -- Rabbis and Zoroastrian priests in judicial settings -- Rabbis, sorcerers, and priests -- Conclusion : rabbis, sorcerers, kings, and priests in ancient Iran
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-258) and indexes
ISBN:0520286200