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“Migrating Tales: The Talmud's Narratives and Their Historical Context” with Richard Kalmin

Migrating Tales situates the Babylonian Talmud in its cultural context by reading several rich rabbinic stories against the background of Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, and Mesopotamian literature of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, much of it Christian in origin. In this nuanced work, Richard Kalmin argues that non-Jewish literature deriving from the eastern Roman provinces is a crucially important key to interpreting Babylonian rabbinic literature, to a degree unimagined by earlier scholars. Kalmin demonstrates the extent to which rabbinic Babylonia was part of the Mediterranian world of late antiquity and part of the emerging but never fully realized cultural unity forming during this period in Palestine, Syria, Mesopotami, and western Persia.



Thursday, May 19, 2016. 12:00 PM


CCSRE Conference Room, Bldg. 360


Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Classics


Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.