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.
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
Table of contents
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 38Shalom 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