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Title: The Dynasty of the Jewish Patriarchs
Author: Appelbaum, Alan
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2013
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783161529641
Volumes: 1; Pages: 246
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The Jewish Patriarchs were remarkable not only because they governed much of Palestine in late Antiquity, collected taxes from and sent emissaries to Jews across the Roman Empire, acted as the representative of both Palestinian and diaspora Jewry to the Roman imperial government, and achieved great prominence in Roman society. They were remarkable also because they led the Jews for more than two centuries while maintaining the Patriarchate as a family affair. In this book, Alan Appelbaum examines the Patriarchate as a hereditary dynasty for the first time, studying it as a series of men in a specific social structure rather than an institution or office. He draws on Jewish, Christian and pagan sources, including Roman law, which has not previously been utilized as it is here; and he compares the Patriarchate to other real and supposed dynasties in order to locate it among the various family arrangements of its period.Table of ContentsBefore the patriarchate Before the destruction "The pairs" Hillel and later Second-Temple figures After the destruction Yavneh Gamaliel of Yavneh Gamaliel and the calendar Gamaliel and Rome Gamaliel was treated like a king The first patriarch The dynasty : how dynasties work Exceptions to father-to-son succession Patristic accounts Scholarly qualifications The dynasty in the early Third century Gamaliel "III" : Gamaliel be-Rabbi Gamaliel's patriarchal powers Gamaliel's personality Origen's witness of a forgotten patriarch R. Judah Nesiah Introduction : how many Judah Nesiahs were there? Judah Nesiah's achievements Successor to kings and high priests Financing the claim Making the claim to Jews generally Making the claim to Rabbis Making the claim to Rome Supervision of jewish institutions Judah Nesiah and the courts Conclusion The patriarchal dynasty during the dynasty of Constantine the Great The first fourth-century patriarchs Hillel ll The culmination, and the end, of the dynasty : identifying the last patriarchs "The great Gamaliel in person" Gamaliel V as the representative of the Jews Gamaliel V as the leader of the Jews Gamaliel V in the larger world Changes in the 390s? Gamaliel V and Jewish courts Judah III Gamaliel VI What happened next? Conclusion Other dynasties and other "Dynasties" Conclusion Bibliography Index of sources Index of modern authors Index of subjects.