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The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition

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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001749

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  • Most ancient societies were patriarchal in outlook, but not all patriarchies are equally condescending toward women. Impelled by the gnawing question of whether the inferiority of women is integral to the Torah's vision, Sassoon sets out to determine where the Bible, the Talmud, and related literature, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls, sit on this continuum of patriarchal condescension. Of course, there are multiple voices in both Biblical and Talmudic literature, but more surprising is how divergent these voices are. Some points of view seem intent on the disenfranchisement and domestication of women, whereas others prove to be not far short of egalitarian. Opinions that downplay the applicability of the Biblical commandments to women and that strongly deprecate Torah study by women emerge from this study as arguably no more than the views of an especially vocal minority.

    • Sets out to determine where the Bible, the Talmud, and related literature, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls, rise above patriarchal self-interest
    • Discusses compelling evidence of support for monogamy in ancient Israel, a belief in the applicability of Biblical commandments to men and women alike, and an outlook that regards women's and men's souls as equal in value
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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001749
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 148 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Monogamy:
    1. The sources
    2. Pro-CD arguments
    3. Anti-CD arguments
    4. Indeterminate arguments
    5. Make-or-break argument
    6. Which way does the evidence point?
    7. Gen. 1:27-29 revisited
    Part II. Commandments (Misvot):
    8. Zeman gerama
    9. Derekh
    10. The scriptural evidence
    11. Deuteronomy: a pattern
    12. The priestly Torah
    13. Two writers on purity law
    14. Torah study
    Part III. Intrinsic Equality:
    15. The Qatlanit law
    16. 'Rankings' of Horayot 3:7
    17. Venus and Mars
    18. Covenant
    19. Gauging purity's weight in p
    20. Body and soul
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Isaac Sassoon, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
    Isaac Sassoon teaches the Bible and the Talmud at the Institute of Traditional Judaism in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and his doctorate from the University of Lisbon.

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