Dr. Jason Sion Mokhtarian is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University and the author of the book Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran (University of California Press, 2015).
Articles by the Author
Concluding a Tractate with King Shapur’s Praise and Practice of Rabbinic Law
The Bavli’s editors noted the conclusion of some tractates with an edifying message. For tractates Bava Metzia and Avodah Zarah, they placed stories about Sasanian king Shapur I. In this way, they connected their rabbinic milieu to the Sasanian world in which they operated and imagined Sasanian authority and approval of rabbinic law.