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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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Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia

Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia

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(p.103) 5 Idolatry in Late Antique Babylonia
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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:10.1093/0195306198.003.0005

This chapter argues that Persian attitudes and practices with regard to idols and idol worship had a significant impact on Babylonia, constituting another respect in which Babylonia was more Persian than Roman during the period under discussion. Specifically, it is argued that the Babylonian Talmud attests to a distinction between Parthian and Sasanian Babylonia that corresponds to and provides a measure of confirmation of scholarly claims regarding the different policies of the Parthian and Sasanian dynasties with respect to idols.

Keywords:   idols, idol worship, Babylonia, Persia, Talmud

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