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A History of the Jews in Babylonia (5 vols.)

By Jacob Neusner / Wipf & Stock / 2008–2009

$143.99

Print: $225.00

Overview

This five-volume history by prolific scholar Jacob Neusner, covers the political, cultural, and sociological practices of Jews in Babylonia from 140 BC to the seventh century AD. Neusner details the history of the Jewish people in Persia before the rise of Islam and provides maps and appendices further illustrating the relationship between Babylonian rulers and the Jewish people during this era.

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Key Features

  • Provides an in-depth study of the politics, culture, and sociology of Jews in Babylonia
  • Gathers a wealth of research using primary sources
  • Offers maps, appendices, and an extensive bibliography

Praise for the Print Edition

A major work of history, unequalled in its special field.

—Morton Smith, professor of ancient history, Columbia University

[Neusner’s] work must rank as one of the most important in Jewish history writing.

Eric M. Meyers, Bernice & Morton Lerner Professor and Director of the Department of Religious Studies, Duke University

Product Details

Individual Titles

A History of the Jews in Babylonia, Part 1: The Parthian Period

  • Author: Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 274

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Beginning with the reign of Mithridates I, Jacob Neusner portrays the struggles and successes of the Jewish people in Babylon. Detailing their social, economic, and educational life, he sets the growth and expansion of the Jewish people in the wider context of seismic cultural and political shifts in Babylonia and the surrounding empires.

A History of the Jews in Babylonia, Part 2: The Early Sasanian Period

  • Author: Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 364

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The rise of the Sasanian dynasty in Babylonia influenced the social structure and customs of the populace. In spite of this influence, knowledge of Jewish traditions and laws increased during this period—largely due to the teachings of rabbinic leaders such as Rav and Samuel. Jacob Neusner describes the Jews’ religious response to political changes and shows how they maintained and developed their ideas and traditions.

A History of the Jews in Babylonia, Part 3: From Shapur I to Shapur II

  • Author: Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 418

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Jewish scholarly work and teaching in Babylon declined following the deaths of the rabbinic scholars Rav and Samuel. Jacob Neusner details the role of the Rabbinate in Babylonian Jewish history during this transitional period, focusing on cultural and sociopolitical aspects of rabbinic life such as educational and legal systems, festivals and holidays, and marriage and family affairs.

A History of the Jews in Babylonia, Part 4: The Age of Shapur II

  • Author: Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 496

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In this entry in his History of the Jews in Babylon, Jacob Neusner highlights the relationship between Babylonian emperor Shapur II and the Jewish people. He examines the rise of the Talmud as a staple of Jewish religious life, the continuing relevance of the role of Jewish self-government, and the evolution of Jewish educational life.

A History of the Jews in Babylonia, Part 5: Later Sasanian Times

  • Author: Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 490

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Jacob Neusner describes the lives of the Jewish people in Babylon from the end of the fourth century AD until the demise of the Sasanian dynasty in the seventh century. Focusing on the cultural and sociological aspects of Jewish life during this time, he highlights how political events with the rulers of the Sasanian dynasty affected Jewish customs and traditions such as food laws, sexual taboos and circumcision, and mourning rites.

About Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner is research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College.