Jewish Travel in Antiquity (Texts and Studies in Ancient by Catherine Hezser

By Catherine Hezser

This booklet offers the 1st accomplished research of Jewish shuttle and mobility in Hellenistic and Roman instances, according to a severe research of Jewish, Graeco-Roman, and early Christian literary, epigraphic, and archaeological resources and a social-historical review of the cloth. Catherine Hezser indicates that convinced segments of historical Jewish society have been rather cellular. Mobility turns out to have elevated within the later Roman interval, while an intensive street method facilitated shuttle in the province of Syria-Palestine and the neighbouring center jap areas. moment Temple Judaism was once centralized, with Jerusalem as its significant house and seat of priestly authority. In post-70 rabbinic Judaism, however, connections among rabbis will be verified via mutual visits and moment- and third-degree contacts basically. Mobility shaped the foundation of the institution of a decentralized rabbinic community in Palestine and Babylonia in past due antiquity. a variety of narrative and halakhic traditions point out the significance of mobility for conversation and the trade of data among rabbis. it really is argued that the rabbis who have been such a lot cellular sat on the nodal issues of the rabbinic community and elicited the most important quantity of impression. they'd have mixed enterprise go back and forth with scholarly alternate. students' trips among Palestine and Babylonia are considered in the wider context of Rome and Persia's fiscal and cultural alternate during which Jews, similar to Christians, could have performed the function of intermediaries.

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