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Geography and Cosmography in Talmudic Literature

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The ancient Greeks and Romans pursued the study of geography and maintained a literature devoted to this discipline. The literature of the sages contains passages reflective of a comparable interest in geography, concerning the Land of Israel. The geographic traditions of the sages are not only helpful for understanding the geography of their own times, but also of the biblical period. The Byzantine period saw the development of a new type of geographic literature: pilgrims' literature. This literature is basically a journey into the past, while mentioning holy sites of both the past and the present. Jewish law dictates a blessing to be recited at the site of a miracle, while there are different opinions regarding the sanctity of holy graves. In any event, there does not seem to have developed a Jewish pilgrim literature or guides to the 'holy sites' during the Mishna and Talmud periods.

Keywords: ancient Greeks; ancient Romans; Byzantine period; Israel geography; Jewish law; Mishna periods; sages; Talmudic literature



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