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Central Palestine

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In contrast to the other regions of Palestine, information about rabbinic activity in Central Palestine is limited to two settlements-Caesarea, the main rabbinic center, and Samuka, a rural settlement. This chapter focuses primarily on Caesarea, Palestine's capital. An important Torah center during the talmudic period, Caesarea was the scene of activity of almost all the sages mentioned in the chapter. The unique teachings that are cited here emanated mainly from Caesarea's academies, with only a small number coming from Samuka. It is deduced from the teachings of Caesarean sages that most of them had studied in Tiberias and they maintained exceptionally close ties with the city's prominent rabbinic center. According to scholarly literature, there are clear indications in the Jerusalem Talmud that its final redaction was completed in a single generation.

Keywords: Caesarea; Central Palestine; Jerusalem Talmud; rabbinic activity; Samuka; talmudic period



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