Fictitious Toponyms in the Responsa : Bashan ’ s Ruleset Revisited

  title={Fictitious Toponyms in the Responsa : Bashan ’ s Ruleset Revisited},
  author={Ephraim Nissan},
Fictitious personal names and toponyms are not infrequent in legal casenotes as used for didactic purposes nowadays. There is a long tradition of fictitious names being used in the legal literature. The problem with medieval or early modern legal (here, rabbinical) responsa is that if they are used as evidence for historical purposes, as though they were chronicles, confusion may occurs. Historian Eliezer Bashan showed that this is the case, indeed, with particular reference to rabbinical… CONTINUE READING