ABSTRACT: Fabulous Places in the Land of Israel in Antiquity

Judea and Samaria research Studies, 5 (1996), pp. 229-239  Meir Bar-Ilan


This is an interdisciplinary study of Talmudic literature on the one hand, intermingled with folklore and historical geography of the Land of Israel in Antiquity, on the other hand.

The aim of the study is to analyze an unusual barayta that appears in b. Ber. 54a. The barayta deals from the Halakha point of view with some geographical places where miracles were performed for the children of Israel: in Sinai, Trans-Jordan and Judea.

An attempt is made to understand the sources that were later included in the barayta, some parallels are brought forward, and historical and folkloristic background is provided for these miraculous places in the Land of Israel.