Marital Relations in Ancient Judaism

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009 - History - 349 pages
This volume surveys the legal and literary references to gender, sexuality and marital relations found in biblical sources and Rabbinic texts until the end of the Tamudic era (c. 600 C.E.). Subject areas include Israel's familial historiography, kinship and law in biblical Israel, gender and status, judicial review of law, divine covenant and marriage covenant, conditions mandating divorce, monogamous and polygamous marriage, levirate surrogate marriage, endogamy and exogamy, marital choice, marriage and reproduction as religious imperatives, the home as a 'small temple', the marital writ for ontological security, emotional fidelity, the validation of eroticism, love's body: idealization and aesthetics, denial of sexual responsibility as Judaism's original sin, sexuality and dignity, conjugal rights and responsibilities, fertility and infertility, contraception and abortion, erotic and reproductive techniques, menstruation: The time to refrain from embracing, the suspected adulteress, children and eternity.
 

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Contents

Kinship and Law in Biblical Israel
14
The Family Book Divine Covenant as Marital Covenant The Peoples Familial
37
Love as a Legal Construct
97
Validating Human Eroticism
140
Woman as Sexual Suspect
187
Sexual Relations in Marriage Law
209
The Time to Refrain From Embracing
232
The Loving Embrace
266
Wedding as Entering Eden Lovemaking Surroundings Privacy of Conjugal Sex
310
The Three Parents The Infertility
334
Index
347
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