T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 106, No. 2 (Spring 2016) 233–241 ‘‘This, but Also That’’: Historical, Methodological, and Theoretical Reﬂections on Irano-Talmudica SHAI SECUNDA The Martin Buber Society of Fellows The Hebrew University of Jerusalem S OME F IFT E EN YEA R S AG O , Yaakov Elman and a handful of young talmudists embarked on a major effort to correct a scholarly lacuna, namely, the dearth of talmudic studies that take the Bavli’s Sasanian con- text seriously into account. The history of scholarship has been recounted time and again, but the primary point bears repeating. Unlike researchers of Palestinian rabbinic literature who have consistently aspired to read rabbinic texts alongside classical literature and the archaeological record of Roman Palestine, for decades most scholars of the Babylonian Talmud did not so much as glance at Sasanian literary or material remains. Work- ing against the clock, as it were, scholars of Irano-Talmudica have already made important advances by laying the groundwork for a contextualized study of talmudic law in its Sasanian milieu, offering new readings of talmudic narrative and myth in light of Iranian parallels, and suggesting novel understandings
Jewish Quarterly Review – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Jun 22, 2016
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