Shoshannat Yaakov

Jewish and Iranian Studies in Honor of Yaakov Elman


Shoshannat Yaakov honors Yaakov Elman, Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University, and celebrates Elman’s contributions to a broad range of disciplines within Jewish and Iranian studies. The fruits of Elman’s seminal project of bringing together of scholars of Iranian studies and Talmud in ways that have transformed both disciplines, are well represented in this volume, together with scholarship that ranges from Second Temple Judaism to Late Antique Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Samaritanism and Christianity.

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Shai Secunda, Ph.D. (2008), Yeshiva University, is Mandel Fellow at the Scholion Center for Interdisciplianary Jewish Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published articles on Rabbinic and Zoroastrian literature, and has recently completed a study entitled, Reading the Talmud in Iran.

Steven Fine is professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University, director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and of the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project. Fine’s most recent monograph, Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology (2005, revised edition 2010), received the Association for Jewish Studies’ Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in 2009.
"The scholarship in this festschrift provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection between Persian and rabbinic culture. An enlightening survey of the literature, it is a critical work not to be missed by any library with a focus on Middle Eastern studies." -Randall C. Belinfante, American Sephardi Federation, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews, vol.3, no.3
1. The Re-Presentation of “Biblical” Legal Material at Qumran: Three Cases from 4Q159 (4QOrdinancesa) Moshe Bernstein
2. Medieval and Modern Philology: Notes on the First Sugya of BT Nazir Daniel Boyarin
3. What must the Jew do to Help the Cooking? An Analytic Resolution to Avoda Zara 38 Shalom Carmy
4. Biblical Influence on Virgil Louis Feldman
5. ‘For this Schoolhouse is Beautiful’: A Note on Samaritan ‘Schools’ in Late Antique Palestine Steven Fine
6. Sorting Out the Wages of Adultery: Execution, Ordeal or Divorce Shamma Friedman
7. ‘One Day David went out for the hunt of the falconers’: Persian Themes in the Babylonian Talmud Geoffrey Herman
8. The Agonistic Bavli: Greco-Roman Rhetoric in Sasanian Persia Richard Hidary
9. A Late Antique Babylonian Rabbinic Treatise on Astrology Richard Kalmin
10. Redesigning Tzitzit in the Babylonian Talmud in Light of Literary Depictions of the Zoroastrian kustīg Yishai Kiel
11. Irano-Talmudica II: Leviathan, Behemoth and the “Domestication” of Iranian Mythological Creatures in Eschatological Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud Reuven Kiperwasser and Dan Shapira
12. Learning from the Tāg: On a Persian word for ‘Crown’ in Jewish Aramaic Aaron Koller
13. The adwadād Offence in Zoroastrian Law Maria Macuch
14. Qui coierit cum muliere in fluxu menstruo… interficientur ambo (Lev. 20:18) – The Biblical Prohibition of Sexual Relations with a Menstruant in the Eyes of Some Medieval Christian Theologians Evyatar Marienberg
15. ‘Until Zadok Arose’ in the Damascus Document: Zadok and his Appointment as High Priest in Early Jewish Interpretation Chaim Milikowsky
16. Astrology and the Head of the Academy Jeffrey L. Rubenstein
17. The Curving Shore of Time and Space: Notes on the Prologue to Pushkin’s Ruslan and Ludmila James Russel
18. The Samaritans in Amoraic Halakhah Lawrence H. Schiffman
19. Parva – a Magus Shai Secunda
20. Religious Actions Evaluated by Intention: Zoroastrian Concepts Shared with Judaism Shaul Shaked
21. Hairy Meat? On Nērangestān, chapter 47.1-20 Prods Oktor Skjærvø
22. Yefet in the House of Shem: The Influence of the Septuagint Translation of the Scroll of Esther on Rabbinic Literature Joseph Tabory
23. Scripture Versus Contemporary (Interpretive) Needs: Towards a Mapping of the Hermeneutic Contours of Zoroastrianism Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina
Hebrew Section
דוד הנשקה, "סעודת ליל הסדר: בין הלל להגדה"
צבי אריה שטיינפלד, "להגדרתם של קרבן יחיד ושל קרבן ציבור"
All interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Samaritan Studies, Zoroastrian Studies, Rabbinic Literature, and the new discipline of Irano-Judaica will be interested in this volume
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