Politics and Administration

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Abstract

This chapter evaluates the use of rabbinic literature in the study of politics and administration in Roman Palestine. It focuses on the relationship between Severan activities in the field of cities and urbanisation in talmudic sources which include actions and rulings of Rabbi Judah haNasi. The findings reveal that even though the Romans did not force, or even request it, Rabbi Judah haNasi joined in the Severan urbanisation policy, and exempted mixed cities from tithes and the sabbatical laws in order to strengthen the Jewish basis there.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191734663
ISBN (Print)9780197264744
DOIs
StatePublished - 31 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Politics and administration
  • Rabbi judah hanasi
  • Rabbinic literature
  • Roman palestine
  • Sabbatical laws
  • Severan activities
  • Tithes
  • Urbanisation

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