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Mokhtarian, Jason Sion
Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests. The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran.
Oakland u. a.: University of California Press 2015. XIV, 273 S. = An S. Mark Taper Foundation Book in Jewish Studies. Geb. US$ 90,00. ISBN 978-0-520-28620-7.
This revised and expanded doctoral dissertation by Jason Sion Mokhtarian, supervised by Carol Bakhos at UCLA, follows in the footsteps of Yaakov Elman and other, younger scholars’ study of the Babylonian Talmud in its Sasanian and Zoroastrian context. M. tries to find his own niche within this research area by distinguishing his approach especially from that of Shai Secunda (The Iranian Talmud. Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), whose book deals with a very similar topic: representations of Sasanians and Zoroastrians in the Babylonian Talmud. Like Secunda, M. stresses the importance of Babylonian rabbis’ integration »into a sociocultural network of religious and ethnic groups in late antique Mesopotamia« (2). ...
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