Alexander, Elizabeth Shanks.

Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism [electronic resource]. - New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013. - 1 online resource (302 p.)

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Contents; Untitled; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; The Normative View of the Rule and the Reading Habits That Follow from It; The Present Study; Book Structure; A Short Note about the Term "Timebound, Positive Commandments"; PART I Gender and the Tannaitic Rule; 1 The Rule and Social Reality; Categories in the Mishnah and Tosephta; Tefillin as a Prototype; Conclusion; 2 Between Man and Woman; The Rule and Female Nature; A Comprehensive Statement of Male-Female Difference?; Lists of Male-Female Difference; The Rule within the Larger Project; Some Differences Are More Equal Than Others ConclusionPart II Talmudic Interpretation and the Potential for Gender; 3 How Tefillin Became a Positive Commandment Not Occasioned by Time; The View That Tefillin Are Not Timebound; Tefillin and Shabbat; The Yerushalmi on m. Eruv. 10:1; The Bavli on m. Eruvin 10:1; Conclusion; 4 Shifting Orthodoxies; The Yerushalmis Orthodoxy: Womens Exemption from Tefillin; The Bavlis Surprising Flexibility on the Issue of Womens Exemption from Tefillin; Conclusion; 5 From Description to Prescription; Instantiations of the Rule; A Case-Based Discussion in the Yerushalmi Conceptual Priority for the Rule in the BavliThe Talmudic Treatment of Cases That Contradict the Rule; Early Amoraic Tolerance for Contradictory Cases; Non-problematic Contradictions to the Rule; From Description to Prescription; The Bavli's Systematic Reflection on Contradictory Cases; Conclusion; Part III Gender in Women's Ritual Exemptions; 6 Women's Exemption from Shema and Tefillin; The Rabbinic Shema; Iterations of the Shema Verses in the Second Temple Period; Recognizing the Unity of God and the Command to Love God; Rabbinic Corroboration for Trend #1 The Qumran Tefillin and the Nash PapyrusA Cluster of Concrete Ritual Acts; The Shema Rituals as Embodied Performance of Jewish Commitments; Philo: "These Words" Equals "Justice"; Diurnal Prayer and the Shema Verses in Josephus and the Rule of the Community; From Qumran Tefillin to the Bar Kochba Tefillin; The Textualization of Ritual and the Ritualization of Text; Exempting Women from the Shema and Tefillin; 7 Torah Study as Ritual; Making Sense of Contradictory Evidence; Torah Study as Cultural Reproduction; Tensions between Biological and Cultural Reproduction The Wife Who Teaches Her Husband TorahTorah Study as a "Benefit" to the Individual: Gaining Skills; Torah Study as a "Benefit" for the Individual: Gaining Perspective; Conclusion: Ritual versus Instrumental Torah Study; 8 The Fringes Debate; The Rule Is Limited in Scope; The Rule Concerns Only Shema-Related Rituals; Womens Involvement with Shema-Derived Rituals; The Debate about Tzitzit; Womens Obligation regarding Mezuzah; Returning to the Fringes Debates; Conclusion; Epilogue; Feminist Approaches to the Jewish Past; Marrying the Feminist Future to the Patriarchal Past Reporting the Patriarchal Past, Performing the Feminist Future

Examines a key tradition in Judaism (the rule that exempts women from ''timebound, positive commandments''), which has served for centuries.

9781107059672 125.00 (NL)

Feminism -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Jewish women -- Religious life.
Sex role -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Women in Judaism.

Electronic books.

BM729 .W6 A44 2013