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History Of Jewish People Volume 2 - From Yavneh To Pumpedisa

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History Of Jewish People Volume 2 - From Yavneh To Pumpedisa
Nine centuries from the destruction of the Second Temple to the end of the Geonic period

By Meir Holder (Author) Rabbi Hersh Goldwurm (Contribution by) 
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Catalog #: HI2H
ISBN-10: 089906499X
ISBN-13: 9780899064994
Binding: Hardcover / Pages: 332
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches / Weight: 0.60 LBS
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This is the second volume of a history series that tells the story of the Jewish nation from the vantage point of the Jews themselves. This book begins with the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. In the eyes of the Roman conqueror and persecutor, that should have spelled the end of the Jewish nation once and for all.

It didn't.

Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai proclaimed to Emperor Vespasian, "Give me Yavneh and its sages!" That became the slogan of survival throughout the ensuing exile. Without a Temple and without sovereignty, Jewry fell back upon the soul of its nationhood, the Torah. The great yeshivos provided the fortress that defended Jewish nationhood in the face of one murderous onslaught after another.

In this volume, we find Romans, Babylonians, Christians, Byzantines and Moslems dominating Israel, simetimes benignly, usually oppressively. But simultaneously, Israel produced the Mishnah, the Talmud, the Geonic responsa, and the institutions of learning and leadership that made the ages reverberate with names like Yavneh, Sura and Pumbedisa.

Here we will meet and come to know the great figures of the Mishnah - such as Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Akiva, and Rabbi Yehudah the Prince. We will meet the heroic and tragic Bar Kochba. We will meet the authors of the Talmud - such as Rav, Shmuel, Rabbi Yochanan, Rava and Abaye. We will meet the Geonim - such as Saadyah, Sherira and Hai, who maintained the strenth of Israel in crushing exile.

In compiling this important work, Meir Holder of Jerusalem combines scholarship, insight, and flair to produce a book that is as accurate as it is fascinating. It is a must for anyone who wishes to know and take pride in Jewish nationhood.


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Table of Contents

Part I: The Era of the Talmud

  • Preface
  • Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai
  • The Re-establishment of the Sanhedrin
  • Rabban Gamliel of Yavneh
  • Challenges to the Authority of the Nasi
  • The Nasi - Deposed and Re-Instated
  • Diaspora Jewry and the Community in Eretz Yisrael
  • From Yavneh to Usha and from Usha to Yavneh
  • The Reign of Trajan - A New Time of Peril
  • The Reign of Hadrian
  • The Bar Kochba Revolt
  • After Beltar: Vengeance and Martyrdom
  • The Religious Persecution Ends
  • Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel as Nasi
  • R' Yehuda HaNasi (Rabbi)
  • The Compilation of the Mishnah
  • The People - Their Community Life
  • The Generation of Transition
  • The Jews of Babylonia
  • Torah in Babylonia
  • "That Place" Becomes "Those Places" - The Dispersal of Torah Authority
  • The First Generation of Amoraim
  • The First Generation of Amoraim in Babylonia: Rav
  • Shmuel
  • The Second Generation of Amoraim in Eretz Yisrael
  • The Second Generation of Amoraim in Babylonia
  • The Third and Fourth Generations of Amoraim in Eretz Yisrael
  • The Third Generation of Amoraim in Babylonia
  • The Fourth Generations of Amoraim in Babylonia - Abbaye and Rava
  • The Fifth and Last Generation of Amoraim in Eretz Yisrael
  • The Desolation of Eretz Yisrael
  • The Fifth and Sixth Generation of Amoraim in Babylonia
  • The Seventh and Last Generation of Amoraim
  • The Savoraim
  • The Talmud
  • Chart: The Chain of Transmission of the Oral Torah
Part II: The Era of the Geonim
  • The Byzantine Threat and the Rise of Islam
  • The Spread of Islam
  • The Two Yeshivos
  • Revival of the Office of Reish Galusa
  • Community Organization
  • Eretz Ysrael during the Geonic Period
  • The "Third Jewry"
  • The First Hundred Years of the Geonic Era
  • The Second Hundred Years of the Geonic Era
  • The Karaites - Heirs to Heresy
  • The Middle Geonim
  • Conflict and Creativity
  • Baghdad, Ramleh, and the Gaon from Egypt
  • The End of Babylonian Supremacy
  • Timeline: Leaders of the Jewish People, Of Rome, and of Babylonia
  • Timeline: The Geonic Era
Appendices
Glossary
Index of Individuals
Subject Index

 
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