Scholars who are engaged in any of the disciplines that require dealing with rabbinic literature are aware of the various methodological problems and obstacles facing the study of these sources. Topics such as the historical background, the dating of the various rabbinic compilations, the interrelations between the texts, the attribution of sayings to certain sages, issues of editing and textual criticism, and the question of whether there is rabbinic biography, to name just a few, are topics not only of scholarly study, but also of controversy and debate.1 One of the topics that has long involved Talmudic scholarship, and in which “great progress was made in recent years,” is the study of rabbinic narratives within the Late Antique cultural context.2 Numerous scholarly books and articles deal with the context of rabbinic literature within Jewish society or against the background of the Roman-Byzantine or Persian cultures.3 In addition...
Migrating Tales: The Talmud's Narratives and Their Historical Context
Tziona Grossmark is a professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies, Tel Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel. She chaired the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies from 1999 to 2003, and served as dean of the faculty from 2006 to 2010. She teaches Jewish history of the Roman and Byzantine periods. Her research interests focus on daily life during the late Roman and Byzantine periods. Currently, she is focusing on daily life as represented in Talmudic literature and travelers' stories in the Talmud. She is the author of Travel Narratives in Rabbinic Literature: Voyages to Imaginary Realms (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010).
Tziona Grossmark; Migrating Tales: The Talmud's Narratives and Their Historical Context. Mediterranean Studies 15 May 2016; 24 (1): 99–107. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/mediterraneanstu.24.1.0099
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