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Rabbis, Sorcerers, and Priests

Jason Sion Mokhtarian

in Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286207
eISBN:
9780520961548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286207.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In Sasanian Mesopotamia, magic was a social context where competition and exchanges between different linguistic, ethnic, and religions groups were common. Jewish sorcerers composed spells containing ... More


Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran

Jason Sion Mokhtarian

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286207
eISBN:
9780520961548
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286207.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book is a synthetic study of the impact of the Persian Sasanian context on the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. What impact did the Persian ... More


Lifeblood and Deathblood: The Physiology, Etiology, and Demonology of Menstruation in Sasanian Judaism and Zoroastrianism

Shai Secunda

in The Talmud's Red Fence: Menstrual Impurity And Difference In Babylonian Judaism And Its Sasanian Context

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198856825
eISBN:
9780191889974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856825.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter demonstrates how the Babylonian Talmud and Zoroastrian Middle Persian texts developed a neo-Galenic notion of menstruation as closely related to a productive, bloody female seed emitted ... More


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