Rabbinic Literature and Roman-Byzantine Legal Compilations

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It remains uncertain whether interest and influence or ignorance and indifference are the right words to describe the relationship between rabbinic literature and Roman-Byzantine legal compilations. The chapter surveys the mostly separate study of the Talmud Yerushalmi and Justinian’s Corpus Juris Civilis and discusses scholarly theories about their compositional history. It argues that comparative (machine-assisted) analysis may be more likely to reveal structural and conceptual similarities rather than direct impact or mutual dependence. It proposes to ask questions for which sufficient evidence exists and to refocus on the analysis of the texts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity
EditorsCatherine Hezser
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages289
ISBN (Electronic)9781315280974
ISBN (Print)9781138241220
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2024


  • Rabbinic
  • Roman law
  • late antiquity
  • Comparative History
  • comparative law
  • influence

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