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Hezser, Catherine (2019) 'Women, Children, and Slaves in Rabbinic Law.' In: Barmash, Pamela, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Law. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 489-503. (Oxford handbooks)

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Rabbinic law on women, children, and slaves developed on the basis of biblical law and in the context of the Greco-Roman and Sasanian cultural environments in which Palestinian and Babylonian rabbis lived. The discussions were innovative in their adaptation of biblical law to new circumstances. From a sociological point of view, women, children, and slaves were dependents of the householder who were generally associated with the private sphere of the household. At the same time, they differed from each other with regard to honor, which only free persons possessed, and with regard to gender, since male children were raised to become Torah-observant male Jews themselves. Palestinian rabbinic law shows interesting similarities with and differences to Roman law of which rabbis would have been aware even if direct influences cannot be established.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: children, household, inheritance, marriage, manumission, matrilineal, property, rabbis, slaves, women
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISBN: 9780199392667
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2020 11:51

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