RABBIS AS LEGAL EXPERTS IN THE ROMAN EAST

Yair Furstenberg*

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Abstract

This chapter traces the emergence of rabbis as a new type of recognized legal expert against the backdrop of the provincialization of Jewish society in Palestine. The rise of the rabbinic movement during the second century c.e. correlates with the growing involvement of local provincial elites in juristic knowledge and their role in mediating multiple legal traditions under the Roman imperial administration. The formulation of local law through the juristic activity of the rabbis further established their public authority. Consequently, they turned to adjudication under the auspices of the patriarch, who gradually, from the third century c.e. onward, acquired imperial recognition.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages185-202
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315280967
ISBN (Print)9781138241220
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

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