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Writing the Wayward Wife is a study of rabbinic interpretations of sotah, the law concerning the woman suspected of adultery (Numbers 5:11-31). The book identifies the emergence of two major interpretive themes: the emphasis on legal procedures, and the condemnation of adultery.
Wout Jac. van Bekkum
This text edition of liturgical poems of the synagogue poet Yehudah provides a unique corpus of Hebrew compositions based on manuscript fragments from the Genizah collection. Yehudah's poetry reflects the importance of Hebrew poetry from the liturgy of the synagogue in early Palestinian Judaism. ...
This book suggests several methods with which rabbinic sources can be approached in order to obtain information about women's history. It is the first feminist book about rabbinic literature which treats the latter as a historical source. It contains many examples and discusses for the first ...
An original study of Jewish identity or 'Jewishness' in all its social and cultural dimensions in Talmudic and Midrashic writings. Topics include the physical embodiment of Jewish identity, the 'boundaries' of Israel, and resistance to assimilation.
Willem Cornelis van Unnik
In this posthumously published book by the late Willem van Unnik (1910-1978) the reader finds a thorough investigation of the Jewish understanding of diaspora in late antiquity, in which this great scholar corrects long-standing misunderstandings of this aspect of early Jewish religion.
This book is a comparative study of early Jewish interpretations of the biblical outline of Joseph's character. It focuses on the treatises of Philo, who idealises the figure as a Hellenistic politician, on Josephus's autobiographical account and the Midrash Genesis Rabbah, which uses the figure ...
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