Deviancy in Early Rabbinic Literature: A Collection of Socio-Anthropological Essays
"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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Chapter 1 Introduction by Professor Nissan Rubin
Chapter 2 The Case of the Modified Mamzer in Early Rabbinic Texts
The Structure and Implicit Message of Mishnahs Tractate Nazir
Niddah as Viewed by the Rabbis of the Mishnah
An Analysis of Female Sorceresses in the Babylonian Talmud
The Prostitute in the Babylonian Talmud
The Physically Handicapped in the Mishnah
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