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Babylonian Judaism
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I. Antiquity – II. Middle Ages – III. Modern Times

I. Antiquity

The Jewish community in Babylonia was the oldest in the Diaspora. From the days of the biblical Exile, it existed without interruption throughout antiquity. The decentralized, quasi-feudal structure of the state in Babylonia during the Parthian period allowed Jews there to govern themselves in various areas of life, not least in religious matters, and even enabled them to atta…

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Oppenheimer, Aharon, Cohen, Mark R. and Rejwan, Nissim, “Babylonian Judaism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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