Torah Centers and Rabbinic Activity in Palestine, 70-400 CE

History and Geographic Distribution


This book analyses the data about Torah centers and rabbinic activity in Palestine during Mishnaic and Talmudic times, 70–400 CE—the Roman and early Byzantine periods. The research is an interdisciplinary inquiry. It encompasses rabbinic literature as well as archeology, geography, and sociology, thus enriching the discussion of the history and scope of rabbinic activity in the different regions of Palestine. Arranged in chronological order, the book highlights the changes generated by historical events, in particular the relocation of rabbinic centers following the upheaval of the Bar Kokhba Revolt. In spite of this upheaval, Torah centers continued to develop in Palestine for several hundred years, until the end of the period under discussion.

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Ben Zion Rosenfeld, Ph.D. (1982) Jewish History, Bar Ilan University, is Professor of Jewish History at Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He has published many books and articles on Roman-Byzantine Palestine.

"This book is essential for the study of Jewish sages in the first centuries C.E. and should have a place in every serious Jewish Studies collection."

Yoram Bitton, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Association of Jewish Libraries, September/October 2011, Volume 1, No. 3.
All those interested in socio-cultural history, historical geography, the history of Roman and early Byzantine world, and Jewish history, as well as researchers, academic libraries, public libraries, specialists, students and educated leyman.