History of the Jews in Babylonia

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BRILL, Aug 1, 1997 - History - 276 pages
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Contents

The Age of Shapur II 309 to 379
1
The Mazdean StateChurch under Shapur II
17
The Church of Saints and Martyrs
20
Jewry in Byzantine Palestine
27
Ifra Hormizd and the Jews
35
Shapurs Taxes and the Jews
39
Shapurs Wars and the Jews
44
Shapur and the Jews
49
Contracts
228
Other Commercial Transactions
231
Litigation over Immovable Property and Real Estate
233
Bailments
239
Documents and Deeds
241
Workers and Slaves
244
Damages
247
Summary and Conclusions
251

Judaism and Other Religions
56
Jews and Pagans
61
Summary
66
Loosening Ties
73
Geonic Traditions
82
The Exilarch the Rabbi and Taxation
85
Exilarch and Academy
91
Who Informed against Rabbah?
100
Favorable Traditions
102
Hostile Traditions
105
Neutral Traditions
113
Review and Evaluation of Talmudic Evidence
114
Summary and Conclusions
119
The Court
131
The Courts Eleemosynary Responsibilities
139
The Court and the Marketplace
141
The Court and the Farm
143
The Court and the Synagogue
149
The Court and the Abbatoir Food Taboos
151
Mourning
156
Purity Laws
158
Holy Objects
160
Holy Days
163
The Sabbath
171
Summary and Conclusions
179
Capital Jurisdiction
186
Betrothals and Marriage Contracts
191
Family Life in Practice and Theory
198
Dissolution of Marriages
204
Wills and Estates
212
Mortgages Debts and Bonds
220
The Life of the Schools
279
The Masters in the Time of Shapur II
286
Learning
290
Conduct
295
The Rewards of Torah
309
Theology
315
The Life of Prayer
324
Astrology
330
Demons and Angels
334
Dreams and Other Revelations
341
Witchcraft Incantations and Amulets
347
The Rabbis Curse
351
Torah as a Source of Supernatural and Magical Power
353
Medicine
363
Scriptural Exegesis
370
TheKallah
384
The Schools and the Streets
386
Summary and Conclusions
391
Skand Gumanik Vicar Chapters XIII and XIV
403
Translation
406
Exposition
418
Bibliographical Reflections
424
Histories of the Jews in Babylonia
427
Special Subjects
430
History of Judaism in Babylonia
433
Bibliographies
435
Supplementary Bibliography
437
Index of Biblical and Talmudic Passages
443
General Index
450
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Jacob Neusner was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 28, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University in 1953. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received a master's degree in Hebrew letters in 1960. He also received a doctorate in religion from Columbia University. He taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida before joining the religion department at Bard College in 1994. He retired from there in 2014. He was a religious historian and one of the world's foremost scholars of Jewish rabbinical texts. He published more than 900 books during his lifetime including A Life of Yohanan ben Zakkai; The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism; Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah; Strangers at Home: The 'Holocaust,' Zionism, and American Judaism; Translating the Classics of Judaism: In Theory and in Practice; Why There Never Was a 'Talmud of Caesarea': Saul Lieberman's Mistakes; and Judaism: An Introduction. He wrote The Bible and Us: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together with Andrew M. Greeley and A Rabbi Talks with Jesus with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. He also edited and translated, with others, nearly the entirety of the Jewish rabbinical texts. He died on October 8, 2016 at the age of 84.

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