The Talmud in the Sea of Babylon
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The Babylonian Talmud is by most measures a unique text in the history of religious literature. At the same time, the Talmud is one component of the rabbinic canon, which opens with the Mishnah and includes many other compilations, including the Babylonian Talmud’s textual “sister,” the Palestinian Talmud. This talk will introduce the Talmud as one distinct text among other classical Jewish works, and as an important component of—to adopt Guy Stroumsa’s term—the “scriptural galaxy” of the Sasanian Empire.
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