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Gabbay, Uri, and Shai Secunda [Eds.]
Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon. Scholarly Conversations Between Jews, Iranians and Babylonians in Antiquity.
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014. VI, 469 S. = Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 160. Lw. EUR 189,00. ISBN 978-3-16-152833-0.
This volume, which is based on an interdisciplinary conference of Assyrologists, Iranists, and Jewish Studies scholars that took place at the Scholion Interdisciplinary Centre of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2011, covers a time period of approximately one thousand years. The contributions examine encounters between Babylonian, Persian, and Jewish cultures from the time of the Babylonian Exile to the Babylonian Talmud, that is, from Achaemenid to Sasanian times. The articles vary with regard to their length (the longest has 98 pages and the shortest 9), specificity (some articles are of a general introductory nature whereas others are very specific linguistic studies), and chronological focus.
While the interdisciplinary approach is to be welcomed, the major problem of ...
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