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Bibil Identifier bibil:217189
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Rural Jewish Community in Late Roman Mesopotamia, and the Question of a "Split" Jewish Diaspora
Author Millar, Fergus
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 42, Issue: 3)
Response article Reaction to Fergus Millar's Article "A Rural Community in Late Roman Mesopotamia, and the Question of a 'Split' Jewish Diaspora"
Response article A Split Diaspora Again—A Response to Fergus Millar
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 351-374 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper emphasises the significance of Syriac evidence for the history of the Jewish Diaspora, and then focuses on an episode in the Syriac Lives of the Eastern Saints by John of Ephesus, which records the demolition by the local Christians of the synagogue of a Jewish community established in a village in the territory of Amida. The significance of this story is explored in two inter-related ways. Firstly, there is the relevance of Syriac-speaking Christianity which, like Judaism, was practised on both sides of the Roman-Sasanid border. Secondly, the article suggests that the presence of Jewish communities in those areas of the Roman empire where Syriac or other dialects of Aramaic were spoken complicates the recently-proposed conception of a “split“ Jewish Diaspora, of which a large part was unable to receive rabbinic writings because it knew only Greek. But for Jews living in areas where Aramaic or Syriac was spoken, there should have been no major linguistic barrier to the reception of the rabbinic learning of either Palestine or Babylonia.
DOI 10.1163/157006311X586269
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Diaspora
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Late Aramaic : Eastern Aramaic : Syriac
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