Audio Lectures

Avodah Zarah 17/18: The Rabbis vs. Rome

Posted April 22, 2013

The Talmud narrates two stories about the rabbinic response to the persecutions in Roman Palestine in the second century CE. Each of these stories focuses on the martyrdom of Rabbi Hanina ben Teradyon and contrasts his behavior with the behavior of ore of his contemporaries. The lecture will examine the narrative elements of each story and the characters described in each one as a model for the possible responses to the an oppressive ruling authority.
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