Research on Byzantine Jewry: the state of the question
By Nicholas de Lange
Jewish Studies at the Central European University IV, 2003–2005, eds. András Kovács and Michael L. Miller (Budapest, 2006)
Introduction: A century and more of research on Byzantine Jewry has lifted the corner of a curtain, but little more. We are still woefully ignorant about the physical dimensions of the Jewish presence in Byzantium – how many Jews there were, and where they lived – and about many aspects of Jewish life. Nevertheless, considerable advances have been made, and my purpose in this survey is to point to some of these, to attempt to discern some trends in research, and to indicate some areas where further work is possible and desirable.