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Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman PalestineDecoding the Literary Record$
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Richard Kalmin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195306198.001.0001

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Kings, Priests, and Sages

Kings, Priests, and Sages

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(p.37) 2 Kings, Priests, and Sages
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Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine
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Richard Kalmin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195306198.003.0002

This chapter continues the examination of rabbinic depictions of the past and the light they shed on the rabbinic present. It describes the differences between Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic narratives that purport to portray events of the second Temple period. It shows that Babylonian portrayals emphasize the importance of rabbis, especially at the expense of kings, in particular depicting sages rather than kings in control of the priests and the Temple cult. Palestinian rabbinic portrayals, on the other hand, tend to assign to rabbis a less prominent role and allow for a greater role for kings.

Keywords:   rabbinic text, Palestinian rabbis, Babylonian rabbis, sages, kings, Judaism

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