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     The YU Center for Israel Studies joins peace loving people in Israel and the world over in mourning  
      
    Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frankel and Mohammed Abu Khadeir 
     
     
     
     
     שכל המאבד נפש אחת... כאילו איבד עולם מלא
     
     משנה סנהדרין פ"ד גירסה המקורית של כ"י-- 
       
     
     Anyone who causes the loss of a single life, it is as if he has destroyed the entire world. 
     
     --Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5 

     

     

     

     

       The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project    

     

    Forthcoming in June, 2014!

     

    The newest publication of the CIS, based upon our 2011 conference:

     
    Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine brings together an international community of historians, literature scholars and archaeologists to explorehow the integrated study of rabbinic texts and archaeology increases our understanding of both types of evidence, and of the complex culture which they together reflect. This volume reflects a growing consensus that rabbinic culture was an “embodied” culture, presenting a series of case studies that demonstrate the value of archaeology for the contextualization of rabbinic literature. It steers away from later twentieth-century trends, particularly in North America, that stressed disjunction between archaeology and rabbinic literature, and seeks a more holistic approach. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/204 

     

    Table of Contents

      Contents

      Steven Fine and Aaron Koller

      Preface v

      Shawn Zelig Aster

      Mishnah Baba Metsia 7:7 and the Relationship of Mishnaic Hebrew to

      Northern Biblical Hebrew 1

      Jonathan Milgram

      Mishnah Baba Batra 8:5 – The Transformation of the Firstborn Son from

      Family Leader to Family Member 19

      Noa Yuval-Hacham

      Mishnah Avodah Zarah 4:5 – The Faces of Effacement: Between Textual and

      Artistic Evidence 29

      Joshua Weistuch and Ben Zion Rosenfeld

      Tosefta Ma‘aser Sheni 1:4 – The Rabbis and Roman Civic Coinage in Late

      Antique Palestine 53

      Yonatan Adler

      Tosefta Shabbat 1:14 – “Come and See the Extent to Which Purity Had Spread”

      An Archaeological Perspective on the Historical Background to a Late

      Tannaitic Passage 63

      Uzi Leibner

      An Illustrated Midrash of Mekilta de R. Ishmael, Vayehi Beshalah, 1 –

      Rabbis and the Jewish Community Revisited 83

      Lawrence H. Schiffman

      Jerusalem Talmud Megillah 1 (71b–72a) – “Of the Making of Books”:

      Rabbinic Scribal Arts in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls 97

      Alexei Sivertsev

      Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 2,6 (20c) – The Demise of King Solomon and

      Roman Imperial Propaganda in Late Antiquity 111

      Burton L. Visotzky

      Genesis Rabbah 1:1 – Mosaic Torah as the Blueprint of the Universe –

      Insights from the Roman World 127

      R. Steven Notley

      Genesis Rabbah 98:17 – “And Why Is It Called Gennosar?” Recent

      Discoveries at Magdala and Jewish Life on the Plain of Gennosar in the Early

      Roman Period. 141

      Galit Hasan-Rokem

      Leviticus Rabbah 16:1 – “Odysseus and the Sirens” in the Beit Leontis

      Mosaic from Beit She’an 159

      Steven Fine

      Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 51b – Coloring the Temple: Polychromy and the

      Jerusalem Temple in Late Antiquity 191

      Sacha Stern

      Babylonian Talmud, Avodah Zarah 16a – Jews and Pagan Cults in Third-

      Century Sepphoris 205

      Steven D. Fraade

      The Rehov Inscriptions and Rabbinic Literature: Matters of

      Language 225

      Stuart S. Miller

      “This Is the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Eliezer ha-Qappar” (Dabbura Inscription)

      Were Epigraphical Rabbis Real Sages, or Nothing More Than Donors and

      Honored Deceased? 239

      Laura S. Lieber

      The Piyyutim le-Hatan of Qallir and Amittai: Jewish Marriage Customs in

      Early Byzantium 275

      Afterwords

      Eric Meyers

      The Use of Archaeology in Understanding Rabbinic Materials:

      An Archaeological Perspective 303

      Daniel Sperber

      The Use of Archaeology in Understanding Rabbinic Materials: A Talmudic

      Perspective 321

     

     

     

    The Center for Israel Studies, established in 2007, is an expression of the longstanding relationship between Yeshiva University and the land and State of Israel. The center nurtures excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship and the teaching of Israel throughout history and across disciplines, with a keen focus upon the modern state.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Folktales of Israel Videos Now Online!

    Enjoy footage from our Fall 2011 conference Folktales of Israel: A Festival Honoring Professor Peninnah Schram, now available online:



    Happy Yom Ha'Atzmaut from the CIS!

    The CIS wishes the entire YU Community a happy Yom Ha'Atzmaut! In this video, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Rosensweig, Professor of Jewish History at YU, remembers Yom Ha'Atzmaut 1948, when he was a student at Yeshiva College. Enjoy!

     

     

    Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The CIS was deeply involved in Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that ran from March 14 to July 8, 2012. Click here for information on the CIS events and the conference that we sponsored together with the Met in conjunction with the exhibition:
     

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