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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479896950

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479896950.001.0001

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Ancient Jewish Gender

Ancient Jewish Gender

(p.174) 8 Ancient Jewish Gender
Early Judaism

Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

NYU Press

Because our sources about ancient Judaism were composed by rabbis, they reflect a limited perspective and certainly not that of women (nor how Jews actually lived). The rabbis’ attitudes towards domesticity and their description of ritual and menstrual requirements understand men as householders and women, like children, as inhabitants. Both archeological evidence and rabbinic texts suggest that men and women did not occupy separate spaces, so that gendered identities had to be crafted within shared space.

Keywords:   gender, ancient Judaism, ritual, women, rabbis, archaeological evidence

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