The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition

The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition

Book - 2011
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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"-- Provided by publisher
"Is the inferiority of women integral to the Torah's vision? This book sets out to determine where the Bible, the Talmud, and related literature, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls, rise above patriarchal self-interest"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781139042307
1139042300
9781107001749
1107001749
Characteristics: xxix, 200 p. ; 23 cm

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