Byzantine Jewry: From Justinian to the Fourth Crusade by Andrew Sharf

By Andrew Sharf

This publication describes intimately the vicissitudes of Jewish lifestyles within the jap Mediterranean zone, exhibiting how Jews have been stricken by the political, spiritual, and financial turmoil of the days. Sharf bargains a hyperlink among the better-known historical past of the Jews of the Roman Empire and that of the Greek and Turkish groups of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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Browe, `Die Judengesetzgebung Justinians', Analecta Gregoriana 8 (1935), PP. 101-46 44 Juster, LesJutfs, vol. 1, pp. 166-7 45 John of Nikiu, a major source for Egypt, trans. C. H. Charles, The Chron- icle of John of Nikiu (London 1916), LXXIV. 87-9 (=pp. Io1-2); Socratis historia ecclesiastica MPG vol. 67, cols. 2, trans. J. B. Chabot, Le Chronique de Michelle syrien, vol. 2, pp. 11-12, cf. Parkes, op. , pp. 234-5 Michael the Syrian VIII. 12, repeating a lost portion of the sixth-century chronicle of Zachariae of Mytilene (= Chabot, vol.

121 6 See J. L. Teall, `The Grain Supply of the Byzantine Empire 330-1025 DOP 13 (1959) PP. 105-8 7 On Byzantium generally, the best in English is G. Ostrogorsky, trans. J. Hussey, History of the Byzantine State (Oxford, 1956)-and subsequent editions; see also the new fourth volume of the Cambridge Medieval History (1967). Its bibliographies are the best guide to the specialist literature on the various aspects briefly mentioned here 7a In this period Romanus thrust aside the legal emperor Constantine (see p.

This time they became masters of all ancient Samaria from Caesarea on the coast almost to Tiberias on the Sea of Kinneret. 66 This Samaritan struggle for independence was an integral element of the situation of the Jews under Justinian. It is true that the Samaritans 29 were often as hostile to Palestinian Jews as they were, to the im- perial authorities. They were known to burn straw over their footprints in order to obliterate their presence. In 529, they killed both Jews and Greeks. Justinian, on his part, clearly distinguished between Jews and Samaritans, if only because in his day the latter were much more militant.

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