Jewish Travel in Antiquity (Texts and Studies in Ancient by Catherine Hezser

By Catherine Hezser

This booklet presents the 1st complete learn of Jewish trip and mobility in Hellenistic and Roman occasions, in line with a severe research of Jewish, Graeco-Roman, and early Christian literary, epigraphic, and archaeological resources and a social-historical overview of the cloth. Catherine Hezser indicates that yes segments of historic Jewish society have been rather cellular. Mobility turns out to have elevated within the later Roman interval, while an in depth highway method facilitated commute in the province of Syria-Palestine and the neighbouring heart jap areas. moment Temple Judaism used to be centralized, with Jerusalem as its imperative house and seat of priestly authority. In post-70 rabbinic Judaism, nevertheless, connections among rabbis can be verified via mutual visits and moment- and third-degree contacts purely. Mobility shaped the foundation of the institution of a decentralized rabbinic community in Palestine and Babylonia in overdue antiquity. various narrative and halakhic traditions point out the significance of mobility for conversation and the trade of data among rabbis. it really is argued that the rabbis who have been so much cellular sat on the nodal issues of the rabbinic community and elicited the most important quantity of impression. they'd have mixed enterprise go back and forth with scholarly alternate. students' trips among Palestine and Babylonia are considered in the wider context of Rome and Persia's monetary and cultural trade during which Jews, similar to Christians, can have performed the function of intermediaries.

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