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Table Of Contents

The Matron: Jew or Non-Jew?
Her Background
Women's Study Groups Then and Now
The Non-Jewish (?) Matron
Why Did Scholars "Erase" the Matron?
Dealing with Anger at the Sources
The Mishnah's Ideal
Ancient Sexual Harassment
Becoming Engaged
Irregular Betrothals
Irregular Betrothals Today
Martha's Marriage
An AnCient Prenuptial Agreement
Divorce
Chalitsah
The Power of Virtue
Rachel and Rabbi Akiba
Beruriah and Rabbi Meir
Imma Shalom and Rabbi Ellezer
Other Wives and Husbands
Women, Virtue, and Power
Helene
A Woman in Court
A Woman and Her Bequest
Virtue and Political Power
Women Who Insult Sages
Truth Telling and Rule Following
Other Exclusions
The Exclusion of Women
A Woman Testifies
The Daughters of a Sage Testify
A Woman Testifies to Become Divorced
A Woman and Her Witnesses
Sons Honoring Mothers and Vice Versa
Abaye's Nurse and Her Teachings
Pregnant Women and Fasting
Nursing
Ritual Purity and Impurity: The Basics
Intention and Ritual Impurity
Ritual Purity and Jewish Diversity
Yalta Shares Authority with Sages
A Disabled Woman Acts as an Expert
Sexual Decorum
Women and Loss: Role versus Reality
A Woman's Role in Mourning
Martha
Rabbi's Maid
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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The Women of the Talmud

The Women of the Talmud

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In this unique volume Judith Abrams, author of the highly regarded series The Talmud for Beginners, examines the episodes recorded in rabbinic literature that suggest the actions of the women of those times.

By overlooking what the sages thought about women, or what they believed women ought to do in theory, and by focusing upon the situational and behavioral patterns of these women, Abrams has constructed a credible and feasible account of what women belonging to the rabbinic era were actually like and the manner in which they conducted themselves on a daily basis.

Upon looking at the materials presented, the reader will find that women were every bit as varied a group then as women are today; some were pious and respectful of the sages and some disregarded them; some were poor and others rich; some longed to be married while others yearned for divorce. Perhaps the greatest surprise to the reader will be discovering the large amount of power and control women had over their own lives. Far from passive, these women were not the powerless figures the reader may have thought them to be.
In this unique volume Judith Abrams, author of the highly regarded series The Talmud for Beginners, examines the episodes recorded in rabbinic literature that suggest the actions of the women of those times.

By overlooking what the sages thought about women, or what they believed women ought to do in theory, and by focusing upon the situational and behavioral patterns of these women, Abrams has constructed a credible and feasible account of what women belonging to the rabbinic era were actually like and the manner in which they conducted themselves on a daily basis.

Upon looking at the materials presented, the reader will find that women were every bit as varied a group then as women are today; some were pious and respectful of the sages and some disregarded them; some were poor and others rich; some longed to be married while others yearned for divorce. Perhaps the greatest surprise to the reader will be discovering the large amount of power and control women had over their own lives. Far from passive, these women were not the powerless figures the reader may have thought them to be.

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Publish date: 1995
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