#31 The Geonic Period: Jewish History of the 6th to 10th Centuries (part 1)

During the 6th and 7th centuries, Jewish populations were centred in territories ruled by the Sassanian, Byzantine and the Western Roman empires. In this podcast episode, David Solomon examines how Jewish life unfolded during these two centuries. He explores the changing fortunes of the renowned Jewish academies of Sura and Pumbedita; the role and status of the Jewish exilarch over generations; the brief existence of a semi-independent Jewish State in Jerusalem; and the rise and fall of Jewish communal safety throughout the generations.

Image: Reproduction of the Madaba Map, a 6th century AD floor mosaic in the early Byzantine church of Saint George at Madaba containing the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Creative Commons (see https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolemage/15010441404).

Maps of the region have been provided to help listeners develop a clearer picture of the territories David discusses.

The world at the beginning of the 6th century AD


Map of the Byzantine Empire at its greatest extent in the 6th century. Territories in purple were reconquered during the reign of Justinian I.


Maps can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_century#/media/File:World_in_500_CE.png and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_Empire#/media/File:Justinian555AD.png

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This lecture series was recorded in 2019 at Chabad Glen Eira. Notes for the lecture will be available to Patreon subscribers when all three lectures have been released.