Rabbis, sorcerers, kings, and priests : the culture of the Talmud in ancient Iran
Rabbis, sorcerers, kings, and priests : the culture of the Talmud in ancient Iran / Jason Sion Mokhtarian.
|Main author:||Mokhtarian, Jason Sion, 1978- (Author)|
Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests brings into mutual fruition the fields of Talmudic Studies and Ancient Iranology, two historically distinct disciplines. Mokhtarian offers a revisionist history of the rabbis of late antique Persia who produced the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. While most research on the Talmud assumes that the rabbis were an insular group isolated from the cultural horizon outside of the rabbinic academies, this book contextualizes the rabbis and Talmud within a broader socio-cultural orbit by drawing from a wide range of sources from Sasanian Iran, including Middle Persian Zoroastrian literature, archaeological evidence, and the Jewish Aramaic magical bowls.
Oakland, California :
University of California Press,
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780520286207 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520286200 (cloth : alk. paper)