A Prince without a Kingdom

The Exilarch in the Sasanian Era
Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism No. 150

By Geoffrey Herman
December 2012
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed By Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9783161506062                        
430 pages
$237.50 Hardcover

The exilarch the promised descendant of the Biblical King David's line was, in ancient ruler of the Babylonian Jews. They were rumored to be powerful and adapted, and a decadent lifestyle to pursue. Her royal jewelry and their autocratic nature were legend. Geoffrey Herman examines evidence about the exilarch, mainly from the Talmudic and geonischen literature and subjects them to a source of literary and critical analysis. He asks what we really given the controversial interpretation by the tendentious primary sources can know about the historical exilarch. Herman refers in his study also comparable sources in the field of Iranian studies and Persian Christianity.



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