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After the loss of temple and statehood, the rise in late antiquity of a legally trained class, the rabbis, produced its own form of inner-Jewish authority. However, a standard office (the rabbinate), exercised by an officially appointed rabbi with decision-making powers in ritual matters and areas of civil law, only began to emerge in the Middle Ages. In the…

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Wilke, Carsten L., “Rabbinate”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0714>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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