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The Iranian Talmud. Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2013. XI, 256 S. = Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion Series. Lw. US$ 55,00. ISBN 978-0-8122-4570-7.
The study of the Babylonian Talmud within its Sasanian Persian context is still in its infancy. During the last ten years Yaakov Elman of Yeshiva University has conducted groundbreaking research, promulgating the study of the Middle Persian language and Zoroastrian literature amongst Talmudists. Shai Secunda, the author of this monograph, follows in Elman’s footsteps, describing himself as »a Talmudist with training in Iranian studies« (IX). His work is meant to provide an overview and foundation for the further study of the Bavli in its proper cultural, political, and religious environment. As becomes evident, this environment was multi-faceted, inter-cultural, and dynamic. Besides various types of Zoroastrians, Babylonian Jews, (Eastern and Western) Christians, Buddhists, ...
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