Ancient Jewish Law, History, ReligionThis course provides an opportunity to study Jewish legal, ritual andnarrative texts produced in the first sixth centuries of the CommonEra in Palestine and Babylonia. We will focus on classical rabbiniclegal texts including the Mishnah and the Talmud. Our study will notonly address their legal contents and contexts, but alsotheir literary and formal features and their value as historicalsources. As such we will pay some attention to the Greco-Roman,Christian, Persian and Zoroastrian contexts in which the rabbiscreated Jewish law, lore and ritual, reading selections from the NewTestament and the writings of the Early Church Fathers, as well asZoroastrian religious law.
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