This week on Up Close, how non-Jewish thought influenced ancient and medieval Jewish ideas and texts.
First, TJC’s Steven I. Weiss speaks with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev professor Michal Bar-Asher Siegal about her new book, Early Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud. Siegal shows how ideas popular in the writings of early monks, the “rockstars” of the medieval world, made their way into the Talmud, but, she says, that doesn’t make the Talmud any less Jewish.
Then, DePaul University professor Alexei Sivertsev delves into his book Jewish and Imperial Ideology in Late Antiquity, arguing that the imperial ideas of the Roman Empire influenced the way Jews thought about their secular leaders of the day and their Biblical heroes of the past.
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