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Between Bavli and Bundahishn: New Research on Judaism and Zoroastrianism in the Sasanian Empire

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

Zoroastrianism, the ancient religion of Iran, and Judaism have had profound and lasting contact throughout the ages, perhaps no more so than during the Talmudic period. The rabbinic sages of late antique Babylonia lived among Zoroastrians and under the rule of the Sasanian Persian Empire, which promoted Zoroastrianism as its official religion.

In this conversation, the authors of two new books on the Babylonian Talmud and the Bundahisn — the most important Zoroastrian account of creation, cosmology and eschatology — discuss the latest research on culture and religion in Sasanian Iran and what the study of these ancient books can teach us today.

Speakers: Prof. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Professor of Judaism, Bard College Dr. Domenico Agostini, Senior Lecturer, Department of General History, Tel Aviv University Moderated by Dr. Samuel Thrope, National Library of Israel

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