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Babylonia Judaica in the Talmudic Period by Aharon Oppenheimer

By Aharon Oppenheimer

The Jews of historical Babylonia left their mark at the heritage at the Jewish humans greater than these of the other nation within the Diaspora. through the Sassanian interval Babylonia progressively outmoded Eretz Israel because the top Jewish centre. The Babylonian Talmud tested the way of living not just of the Jews of Babylonia within the interval within which it used to be produced; greater than the other paintings it formed the total Jewish humans, its considering, its lifestyle, its dating with the area round, its legislation and ideas during the ages.A entire remedy offering "western" proof including that of talmudic literature, hoewever, has previously been unavailable. the combo can help to advertise a greater knowing of the combined tradition involved. The learn provides a handy complitaion of fabric that is largely scattered.

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This source, like others in which Rabbi Mar ' U q b a figures, presents some difficulties in regard to the identity of the sage. For example, what is the significance o f the double title, rabbi and mar, or perhaps it should be corrected on the basis of other versions (cf. note 1 above). Is he the Exilarch Mar ' U q b a who was active in the first generation o f Babylonian amoras, or a member of the Exilarch's family ? Did he teach in Babylonia or Eretz Israel, or did he leave Babylonia for Eretz Israel?

Bava Metzi'a 79b, and see the talmudic dictionaries. See also Krauss, Qadmoniot ha-Talmud, vol. 1A, p. 131, n. 2 and p. 140, n. 3. According to Herzfeld, Samarra, p. 32, n. 1, Awana. " There was another Awana near Gaugamela. See Eshel, p. 13. • Susa, Rayy Samarra, vol. 1, pp. 192-194. 5 w 7 8 Babylon — 44 — NEUSNER, History (1965-1970), vol. 2, pp. 241-242 NEWMAN, Agricultural Life (1932), p. 6 OBEKMEYEB, Landschaft ( 1 9 2 9 ) , pp. 8 1 - 8 5 , 1 0 5 n. 1, 1 4 4 , 1 5 5 RAPOPORT, Erekh Millin ( 1 9 1 4 ) , p.

2, p. 207; Streck, Die alte Landschaft, vol. 1, p. v. "Maisan," p. v. "Bazzaz") should not tip the scale in favor of the "in Maisan" ver­ sion. Cf. DimasqJ, Nuhbat ad-dahr, p. 113: Fam as-Silh {sic), a river flowing in the Sawad. " 1 2 1 Aqra da-Tulbanqe — 36 — Aqra da-Tulbanqe nnVinn snps A. Sources 1. Qiddushin 71b nas Vsrnen VapaVirn s i p s ns> nas an ,s3'n is nnaa b^sb . . bn 2 s n p n n» ' . s a r n m a s s n» nas unr 'am , m a m antra T » H o w far does Babylonia extend? . On the upper Euphrates, how far?

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