Dr. Yair Furstenberg is a Senior Lecturer in the Talmud department at the Hebrew University. His work examines the rabbinic movement within its broader Greco-Roman context. His previous book, Purity and Community in Antiquity, traced the role of purity discourse among both Jewish and Christian communities. In his current project, Dr. Furstenberg offers a new approach to the rise of rabbinic legal culture within Roman legal landscape.
Rome reshaped judicial practice and legal atmosphere in the provinces. Like other inhabitants of the Empire, the rabbis were not immune to the penetration of Roman jurisdiction, but how did it facilitate the evolution of a distinctively new legal discourse? In this paper Dr. Furstenberg argues that new approaches to legal pluralism in the Empire, open new venues for understanding rabbinic law-making as a sophisticated and highly integrated product of a Romanized legal space.
Department of Religion