The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 4, The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period

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Cambridge University Press, 1984 - History - 1135 pages
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This fourth volume of The Cambridge History of Judaism covers the period from 70 CE to 640 CE (the rise of Islam). It deals with the major historical, political and cultural developments in Jewish history and the history of Judaism in this crucial era during which Judaism took on its classical shape. It provides discussion and analysis of all the essential subjects pertinent to an understanding of this period, and is especially strong in its coverage of the growth and development of rabbinic Judaism and of the major classical rabbinic sources such as the Mishnah, Jerusalem Talmud, Babylonian Talmud and various Midrashic collections. In addition, it surveys the early encounter of Judaism and Christianity from both the Jewish and Christian sides and describes the rise of Jewish mystical literature, the liturgical literature of the developing synagogue, the nature of magical practices in classical Judaism and Jewish Folklore.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Political social and economic life in the Land
23
The Diaspora from 66 to c 235 CE
53
i The uprisings in the Jewish Diaspora 116 117
93
The Bar Kochba Revolt 132135
105
Jewish art and architecture in the Land of Israel 70c 235
174
its meaning
191
The origins and development of the rabbinic movement
206
Rabbinic prayer in late antiquity
573
Rabbinic views on marriage sexuality and the family
612
Women in Jewish life and law
627
Gentiles in rabbinic thought
647
The formation and character of the Jerusalem Talmud
663
The late midrashic paytanic and targumic literature
678
Jewish magic in late antiquity
699
Jewish folk literature in late antiquity
721

The canonical process
230
The beginnings of Christian antiJudaism 70c 235
244
The rabbinic response to Christianity
259
The Mishnah
299
The Tosefta
316
Midrash Halachah
336
an introductory survey
369
The political and social history of the Jewish community
404
The material realities of Jewish life in the Land of Israel
431
Aramaic in late antiquity
457
The Diaspora c 235638
492
art architecture
519
Jewish festivals in late antiquity
556
Early forms of Jewish mysticism
749
The political social and economic history of Babylonian
792
The history of the Babylonian academies
821
The formation and character of the Babylonian Talmud
840
a jurisprudential perspective
877
the theology of learning
899
Man sin and redemption in rabbinic Judaism
925
blessings body
946
polemics and policies
977
Jews in Byzantium
1035
Messianism and apocalypticism in rabbinic texts
1053
Justinian and the revision of Jewish legal status 107 3
1073
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Steven T. Katz is Professor of Religion and Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University.

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