By Geoffrey Herman

The Exilarchs, professed scions of the biblical Davidic royal line, have been leaders of the Jews of Babylonia in antiquity. They have been stated to be strong political figures and to guide a decadent way of life. Their princely trappings and high-handed demeanour have been legend. They have been mentioned to be thoroughly assimilated into Persian tradition. Geoffrey Herman examines the proof, culled almost always from the Talmudic and Geonic literature, subjecting the establishment of the Exilarchate to literary-historical and source-critical research. furthermore, Herman innovatively makes use of comparative assets from the fields of Iranian reviews and Persian Christianity to discover the reality underlying the bills of the historic Exilarchs.

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