T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 106, No. 2 (Spring 2016) 209–232 Irano-Talmudica: The New Parallelomania? ROBERT BRODY The Hebrew University of Jerusalem A MON G TA LM UDIST S , there has been an explosion of interest over the last ﬁfteen or twenty years in exploring the signiﬁcance of the Talmud’s Iranian background for the interpretation (on several levels) of the Bavli. This work, spearheaded by Yaakov Elman, represents an attempt to redress the imbalance between the contextual study of the Babylonian Talmud and of Palestinian rabbinic literature. Students of Palestinian rabbinic works have made extensive use for well over a century of literary and other sources of knowledge concerning the late ancient Greek- speaking world in order to illuminate numerous facets of the literature produced by Palestinian rabbis in this period; by comparison, little has been done on the Babylonian/Iranian front. There are of course objective reasons for this disparity—including the much more limited source mate- rial available for the study of Sasanian Iraq—but Elman and those he has inspired have been doing their best to overcome these obstacles. Unfortunately, the Iranian source material is limited in quantity
Jewish Quarterly Review – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Jun 22, 2016
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