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Moses and Garšāsp, Ardašīr and Herod

Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud in Their Iranian Context

Series: Zoroastrian Studies Series 5
Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2020
Page #: xii + 210
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1568594033
bibliography, glossary, index

Quick Overview

This book offers a comparative study between a number of Talmudic and Middle Persian narratives. The present work seeks first and foremost to examine Talmudic narratives in their Iranian context, and secondly to examine the Talmudic background of Iranian narratives where applicable.

The first and second chapters will offer an analysis of the alteration of historical and Biblical figures in the Bavli (the Babylonian Talmud) based on the influence of Iranian mythical and historical figures, while the third chapter will provide an account of how Iranists can learn from Talmudic studies. Here we suggest that a Talmudic narrative may have encouraged Zoroastrian priests to compose an extensive work of religious literature, namely the Ardā Wīrāz-nāmag, an idea which will be further explored in the appendix.

The relationship between Iranian and Jewish materials in the Talmudic era is merely a piece of a larger puzzle, a piece that a number of scholars—such as Elman, Secunda, Mokhtarian, Her-man, Kiel, Kalmin, to name a few—have recently begun to focus on. By focusing on Talmudic narratives that have not yet been sufficiently examined for Iranian themes and ideas, this book represents a contribution towards piecing this puzzle together.

author

Azadeh Ehsani Chombeli, PhD

Azadeh Ehsani has a PhD in religion from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (2018) and an MA in ancient languages and culture of Iran with a focus on Middle Persian (Pahlavi) from Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies University in Tehran, Iran (2005). She studied Sanskrit literature and grammar at Pune University Center of Advanced Study in India. Her area of interest includes Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, Middle Persian, and Irano-Talmutica studies. Presently she is an instructor of Aramaic in Tehran.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Ardaxšēr ī Pābagān and Herod.

Chapter 2: Solomon and Jamšīd, Moses and Garšāsp.

Chapter 3: The World to Come in Pahlavi Literature and the Babylonian Talmud.

Conclusion.
Bibliography.
Appendix.
Index

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