Deviancy in Early Rabbinic Literature: A Collection of Socio-Anthropological Essays

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BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 234 pages
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"Deviancy in Early Rabbinic Literature" deals with the status of those groups and individuals who, for various reasons, appear to have no place in mainstream Rabbinic Jewish society, or may be perceived by that society as posing a threat to its norms and to its very existence. The book examines the thoughts and attitudes of the Rabbis set forth in various sections of the Mishnah, Tosefta and Talmud. Deviant groups studied include witches, prostitutes, Gentiles, bastards, Nazirites, soldiers, Kutites, the disabled and the menstruous woman. Social anthropological methodologies are used to provide a unique perspective on the implicit message of the redactors of these Rabbinic texts, and to make these important texts equally accessible to both scholars and laymen interested in acquiring a deeper understanding of these important issues.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction by Professor Nissan Rubin
1
Chapter 2 The Case of the Modified Mamzer in Early Rabbinic Texts
4
The Structure and Implicit Message of Mishnahs Tractate Nazir
16
Niddah as Viewed by the Rabbis of the Mishnah
42
An Analysis of Female Sorceresses in the Babylonian Talmud
67
The Prostitute in the Babylonian Talmud
85
The Physically Handicapped in the Mishnah
103
The Case of Kutim
121
The Case of the Gentile in Mishnah
141
Rituals and the Israelite Soldier in the Torah and the Mishnah An Anthropological Understanding
164
Dreams Dream Interpretations and Dream Interpreters in the Babylonian Talmud
177
Bibliography
213
Index
221
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Simcha Fishbane, Ph.D. (1988) in Social Anthropology of Religion at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, is Executive Assistant to the President of Touro College and Professor of Jewish Studies. He has published extensively on Jewish texts and their meaning. His publications include The Method and Meaning of the Mishnah Berurah (1991).

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