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The Jews in Their Land in the Talmudic Age
by Gedaliah Alon
edited and translated by Gershon Levi
Harvard University Press, 1989
Paper: 978-0-674-47495-6
Library of Congress Classification DS123.5.A713 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 956.9402

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This is a masterly narrative of the land of Israel from 70 to 640 C.E. by an eminent Israeli historian. It is a comprehensive record of Jewish life under Roman rule: economic conditions and social welfare; Jewish law and courts; political repression and resistance; religious controversies; the Diaspora and relations between the national center in Palestine and the communities abroad. Alon describes the rebuilding of national life after the defeat in 70; the emergence of the Sages as community leaders; the extent of autonomy under the Roman Empire; the towns and cities of Jewish Palestine; armed uprisings and the Bar Kokhba Revolt; the decades of decline and large-scale emigration; the traditions of learning that produced the Mishnah and Talmud. It is a rich, vividly told story. This paperback reproduces in one volume the two-volume translation of Alon's classic work published in Jerusalem in 1980 and 1984.

Reviews of this book:
"Gedaliah Alon's study is the magnum opus of one of the very few scholars whose command of both rabbinic and classical literature provided him with the tools to approach an unusually challenging, almost forbidding field of historical inquiry...Alon's stimulating history...will take its place among the standard studies of an obscure but pivotal age."
--David Berger, New York Times Book Review

"No one before Alon--and only a handful after him--possessed the erudition to handle the rabbinic and Greek sources with subtlety...[and] Alon's views reflect a mind that was secular but could fully appreciate the religious component of Jewish history...The book deserves an honorable place on the shelves of every serious student of Judaica."

--Ben Zion Wacholder, Hadassah Magazine

"Gedaliah Alon was a most original, distinguished historian. His erudition in rabbinic sources as well as classical literature, supported by absolute clarity of thought, intuition, and imaginativeness, enabled him to produce historical writing of the highest order."

--Isadore Twersky

"Gedaliah Alon was a most original, distinguished historian. His erudition in rabbinic sources as well as classical literature, supported by absolute clarity of thought, intuition, and imaginativeness, enabled him to produce historical writing of the highest order." --Isadore Twersky


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