Jewish life of the 8th and 9th centuries is the focus of this podcast episode. In examining this period, David Solomon explores the impact of the battle for control of Spain on Jewish life; the emergence of profoundly influential Jewish legal codifications and spiritual resources; the reputed mass conversion of the kingdom of the Khazars; the beginnings of the Karaite movement; and the tussle for primacy between the rabbis of Palestine and Babylonia. David also discusses a number of extraordinary thinkers, explorers, and merchants.
Maps have been provided to help listeners develop a clearer picture of the territories David discusses.
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