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Pious and Rebellious : Jewish Women in Medieval Europe

By: Grossman, Avraham.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry & HBI Series on Jewish Women: Publisher: Lebanon : Brandeis University Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (353 p.).ISBN: 9781611683943.Subject(s): Jewish women - Europe - History | Women - Legal status, laws, etc. (Jewish law) | Women in Judaism - Europe - History - To 1500Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Pious and Rebellious : Jewish Women in Medieval EuropeDDC classification: 305.488924040902 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Title Page; Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Historical Background; 2. Sources; 3. The Chronological and Geographical Framework; 1 | The Image of the Woman: Partner or the "Other"?; 1. The Creation and the Superiority of Man; 2. The Temptation in the Garden of Eden and the Superiority of Man; 3. Characteristics of Woman and the Superiority of Man; 4. Women and Sorcery; 5. The "Medical Inferiority" of Women and the Superiority of Men; 6. The Obligation to Perform Mitzvot and the Superiority of Man; 7. Expressions in Praise of Women and their Perception as "Partner"
8. Between Image and Reality2 | Age at Marriage; 1. The Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Situation in Babylonia in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries; 3. The Situation in Non-Jewish Society; 4. The Situation in Jewish Society during the Tenth through Thirteenth Centuries; 5. Factors Causing the Large Number of Childhood Marriages; 6. Results of Early Marriage; 3 | Engagement, Betrothal, and the Choice of a Marriage Partner; 1. The Ceremonies and their Development; 2. The Ban in Ashkenaz against Cancelling Engagements; 3. Choice of Marriage Partner; 4. Consensual Marriage in Christian Europe
5. The Institution of Matchmaking and Its Place in Jewish Society4 | Monogamy and Polygamy; 1. The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Situation in Ashkenaz; 3. Polygamy in Spain; 4. The Atmosphere in the Polygamous Family; 5. Levirate Marriage and Bigamy; 5 | Feminine Modesty and Women's Role in Supporting the Family; 1. The Talmudic Tradition; 2. Modesty in Muslim Society; 3. Modesty in Jewish Society in Muslim Countries; 4. The "Miqveh Rebellion" in Egypt; 5. The Situation in Jewish Society in Spain; 6. Feminine Modesty and Women's Work in Christian Europe
7. The Situation in Ashkenazic Jewish Society8. Changes in the Legal Status of Women; 6 | Woman as Wife and Mother and Her Economic Status; 1. The Woman within Her Home; 2. Prostitution and Concubinage; 3. The Woman's Economic Status; 7 | Women's Culture and Education; 1. The Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Situation in Muslim Society; 3. The Situation in Christian Society; 4. The Stance of the Jewish Sages in the Middle Ages; 5. Learned Women; 6. Education of Women in Jewish Society; 7. Girls' Education and Erudition in Ashkenaz; 8. The Situation in Spain
9. Education of Jewish Women in Italy and Sicily8 | The Role of Women in Religious Life and in Family Ceremonies; 1. The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Role of Women in Religious Life in Christian Europe; 3. The Performance of Time-Linked Positive Commandments; 4. Women in the Synagogue; 5. Women in the Celebration of Passover; 6. Women Circumcisers; 7. Women as Ritual Slaughterers; 8. Fast Days and Acts of Charity by Women; 9. Refraining from Eating Meat During the Season of Mourning; 10. Women as Bearers of Halakhic Traditions; 11. The Role ofWomen in Family Ceremonies
9 | Women's Role in Jewish Martyrdom in Europe in the Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries
Summary: The first complete look at the social status and daily life of medieval Jewish women.
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Title Page; Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Historical Background; 2. Sources; 3. The Chronological and Geographical Framework; 1 | The Image of the Woman: Partner or the "Other"?; 1. The Creation and the Superiority of Man; 2. The Temptation in the Garden of Eden and the Superiority of Man; 3. Characteristics of Woman and the Superiority of Man; 4. Women and Sorcery; 5. The "Medical Inferiority" of Women and the Superiority of Men; 6. The Obligation to Perform Mitzvot and the Superiority of Man; 7. Expressions in Praise of Women and their Perception as "Partner"

8. Between Image and Reality2 | Age at Marriage; 1. The Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Situation in Babylonia in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries; 3. The Situation in Non-Jewish Society; 4. The Situation in Jewish Society during the Tenth through Thirteenth Centuries; 5. Factors Causing the Large Number of Childhood Marriages; 6. Results of Early Marriage; 3 | Engagement, Betrothal, and the Choice of a Marriage Partner; 1. The Ceremonies and their Development; 2. The Ban in Ashkenaz against Cancelling Engagements; 3. Choice of Marriage Partner; 4. Consensual Marriage in Christian Europe

5. The Institution of Matchmaking and Its Place in Jewish Society4 | Monogamy and Polygamy; 1. The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Situation in Ashkenaz; 3. Polygamy in Spain; 4. The Atmosphere in the Polygamous Family; 5. Levirate Marriage and Bigamy; 5 | Feminine Modesty and Women's Role in Supporting the Family; 1. The Talmudic Tradition; 2. Modesty in Muslim Society; 3. Modesty in Jewish Society in Muslim Countries; 4. The "Miqveh Rebellion" in Egypt; 5. The Situation in Jewish Society in Spain; 6. Feminine Modesty and Women's Work in Christian Europe

7. The Situation in Ashkenazic Jewish Society8. Changes in the Legal Status of Women; 6 | Woman as Wife and Mother and Her Economic Status; 1. The Woman within Her Home; 2. Prostitution and Concubinage; 3. The Woman's Economic Status; 7 | Women's Culture and Education; 1. The Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Situation in Muslim Society; 3. The Situation in Christian Society; 4. The Stance of the Jewish Sages in the Middle Ages; 5. Learned Women; 6. Education of Women in Jewish Society; 7. Girls' Education and Erudition in Ashkenaz; 8. The Situation in Spain

9. Education of Jewish Women in Italy and Sicily8 | The Role of Women in Religious Life and in Family Ceremonies; 1. The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage; 2. The Role of Women in Religious Life in Christian Europe; 3. The Performance of Time-Linked Positive Commandments; 4. Women in the Synagogue; 5. Women in the Celebration of Passover; 6. Women Circumcisers; 7. Women as Ritual Slaughterers; 8. Fast Days and Acts of Charity by Women; 9. Refraining from Eating Meat During the Season of Mourning; 10. Women as Bearers of Halakhic Traditions; 11. The Role ofWomen in Family Ceremonies

9 | Women's Role in Jewish Martyrdom in Europe in the Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries

The first complete look at the social status and daily life of medieval Jewish women.

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This first comprehensive treatment of Jewish women in medieval European society breaks new ground in terms of comparative and gender history. Grossman (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) has made exhaustive use of print and manuscript sources relating to Jewish law, biblical exegesis, philosophical and ethical works, literature, and the arts to create an interpretation of Jewish as compared to Christian and Moslem women in the relevant time period (1000-1300). Works by Caroline Bynum (Holy Feast and Holy Fast, CH, Sep'87), David Herlihy (Medieval Households, CH, Apr'86), James Brundage (Law, Sex and Christian Society in Medieval Europe, CH, Oct'88), and others are drawn upon to establish a comparative context, as is Ruth Roded's edited reader, Women in Islam and the Middle East (1999). Although this translation is an abridgment of the original Hebrew version, such facets of the subject as the Jewish philosophy of women, marriage and family, economic status, culture and education, and role in religious life receive extended development. The complete scholarly apparatus includes a glossary of terms as well as an English translation of Hebrew publications cited in the footnotes and bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. K. Kennelly emeritus, Mount St. Mary's College

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AVRAHAM GROSSMAN is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the prestigious Israel Prize and Bialik Prize for Jewish Studies.

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