A History of the Jews in Babylonia: From Shapur I to Shapur II

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BRILL, 1968 - History - 476 pages
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Contents

Uneasy Alliance
41
The Rabbi and his Torah
95
The Rabbinical Academy and Popular Culture
195
Legal Sources for Social History
202
The Academies from ca 265 to ca 309
213
Means of Law Enforcement
220
Court Functions and Procedures
229
Court and Synagogue
234
Marriage Levirate Connection Divorce
274
Conduct of Family Affairs
283
Inheritances and Estates
286
Farm and Marketplace
295
Suits for Civil Damages and Personal Injury Crimes against Property
302
Transfers of Property
305
Collection of Debts and Mortgages Commercial Documents
312
Agency and Trust
316

Instruments of Piety
238
Purity Laws
240
The Sabbath
243
Festivals and Holidays
252
Dietary Rules
264
Summary
266
The Rabbinical Court and Daily Life
272
Summary and Conclusions
317
Armenian Jewry before 300
339
Christianity in Adiabene
354
Supplementary Bibliography
359
Index of Biblical and Talmudic Passages
366
General Index
372
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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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