Samaritan and Jewish Meals in Late Antiquity: Between Archaeology and Literature

Recent scholarship has shown considerable interest in the history of Jewish dining habits as discussed by the rabbis in late antique Palestine. These have resulted in significant monographs in both English and Hebrew. This talk will widen this conversation in three ways: by exploring archaeological evidence for Jewish practice in Israel, in diaspora communities, and among Samaritans. I will focus upon drawing lconnections between material culture and rabbinic and Samaritan literary sources from late antiquity.