REL 504

Studies in Greco-Roman Religions: Late Antique Jewish Texts and Material Culture in Christian ContextCourse Cancelled

Ra'anan Shaul Boustan and Martha Himmelfarb

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The fifth through eighth centuries saw the emergence of a variety of forms of literature outside the rabbinic corpus among Jews in Palestine & Babylonia. At the same time, Jewish communities in Palestine & elsewhere commissioned a significant body of mosaics & other ritual & decorative objects for their synagogues. We consider both texts & material evidence to develop a more variegated picture of Jews & Judaism in late antiquity, with units on the liturgical poetry (piyyut) & mosaic art of the synagogue, apocalyptic literature & hekhalot texts, & the narrative midrash Pirqei Rabbi Eliezer, in their larger, primarily Christian, context.

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