Description

This volume in the Bible and Women series is devoted to rabbinic literature from late Jewish antiquity to the early Middle Ages. Fifteen contributions feature different approaches to the question of biblical women and gender and encompass a wide variety of rabbinic corpora, including the Mishnah-Tosefta, halakhic and aggadic midrashim, Talmud, and late midrash. Some essays analyze biblical law and gender relations as they are reflected in the rabbinic sages’ argumentation, while others examine either the rabbinic portrayal of a certain woman or a group of women or the role of biblical women in a specific rabbinic context. Contributors include Judith R. Baskin, Yuval Blankovsky, Alexander A. Dubrau, Cecilia Haendler, Tal Ilan, Gail Labovitz, Moshe Lavee, Lorena Miralles-Maciá, Ronit Nikolsky, Susanne Plietzsch, Natalie C. Polzer, Olga I. Ruiz-Morell, Devora Steinmetz, Christiane Hannah Tzuberi, and Dvora Weisberg.

Contents

  • Tal Ilan, Lorena Miralles-Maciá, Ronit NikolskyIntroduction
  • Tal IlanWomen Quoting Scripture in Rabbinic Literature

1. GENDER, BIBLICAL LAW, AND RABBINIC HALAKAH

  • Dvora Weisberg Remaking or Unmaking? Levirate in the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic Literature
  • Olga I. Ruiz-Morell “With Her Consent or without It” (Mishnah Yevamot 14:1): Divorce in Rabbinic Literature
  • Christiane Hannah TzuberiSeen, Not Felt: The Gaze at Skin in Tractate Nega’im
  • Alexander A. Dubrau Talmudic Legal Methodology and Gender: The Case of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yishmael Reconsidered

2. BIBLICAL WOMEN AND RABBINIC REPRESENTATIONS

  • Cecilia Haendler Biblical Women in Mishnah and Tosefta
  • Gail Labovitz The Hagar(s) of Rabbinic Imagining: At the Intersections of Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Genesis Rabbah
  • Lorena Miralles-Maciá Alterities in the Midrash: Leviticus Rabbah on Biblical Women
  • Susanne Plietzsch Supernatural Beauty, Universal Mother, and Eve’s Daughter: Sarah in Genesis Rabbah and in the Babylonian Talmud
  • Judith R. Baskin Female Prophets in Babylonian Talmud Megillah 14a–15a
  • Yuval Blankovsky Seduction for the Sake of Heaven: Biblical Seductive Women in the Rabbis’ Eyes
  • Natalie C. Polzer Eve in Avot de-Rabbi Nathan
  • Ronit Nikolsky Midrash Sarah and Abraham: A Lost Rabbinic Interpretation of the “Woman of Valor” Song
  • Devora Steinmetz Switched before Birth: Dinah and Joseph in Bible and Midrash
  • Moshe Lavee The Midwives in Egypt’s Nationality: Recovering a Lost Rabbinic Midrash from the Cairo Genizah

Contributors

Ancient Sources Index

Rabbinic Literature

Rabbinic Literature

  • Eds.
    Tal Ilan
  • Lorena Miralles-Maciá
  • Ronit Nikolsky

Year 2022

GENERAL EDITORS
  • Irmtraud Fischer

    Graz University, Austria

  • Mercedes Navarro Puerto

    Madrid, Spain

  • Adriana Valerio

    Napoli University, Italy

  • Mary Ann Beavis,

    St. Thomas More College, Canada

PUBLISHERS
CONSULTANT FOR HISTORY OF JUDAISM
  • Adele Berlin

    University of Maryland, USA