Yaakov Elman, The Other in the Mirror: Questions of Identity, Conversion, and Exogamy in the Fifth-Century Iranian Empire. Part Two

This second part of a two-part article continues the examination of Zoroastrian Middle Persian and Babylonian rabbinic sources regarding the Other. These sources, from the Pahlavī Videvdād, the Hērbedestān, the Sasanian Law Book, and others, as well as parallel sources from the Babylonian Talmud dating from the late fourth and fifth centuries, indicate that both Zoroastrian and rabbinic authorities were particularly concerned with the close social relations of their communities with outsiders, and with the concomitant dangers of exogamy and out-conversion. In the course of this examination, dates are suggested for the redaction of these compilations in their current form.