Jewish Marriage in Antiquity

Jewish Marriage in Antiquity

by Michael L. Satlow
     
 

"Jewish Marriage in Antiquity is the most exhaustive and incisive of studies of this important topic to date and will define the problematics of ancient Jewish marriage for the foreseeable future. Its eclectic methodology and comparative perspectives will attract readers from a variety of disciplines. Classicists, historians of religion, and scholars

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"Jewish Marriage in Antiquity is the most exhaustive and incisive of studies of this important topic to date and will define the problematics of ancient Jewish marriage for the foreseeable future. Its eclectic methodology and comparative perspectives will attract readers from a variety of disciplines. Classicists, historians of religion, and scholars interested generally in the institution of marriage and in attendant constructions of gender and sexuality will find valuable insights in this book."—Steven D. Fraade, Yale University

"A superb book, one that offers a truly sophisticated and rich social history of Classical Judaism. Michael Satlow looks at the institution of marriage from virtually every angle, and combines a good deal of common sense as well as historical imagination in order to build a compelling, detailed interpretation of his evidence."—David Stern, University of Pennsylvania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691002552
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Conventions ix

Preface xiii

Introduction xv

PART I: Thinking about Marriage

CHAPTER ONE: Why Marry? 3

CHAPTER TWO: Metaphor and Myth 42

CHAPTER THREE: Marriage and Law 68

PART II. Marrying

CHAPTER FOUR: Shreds of Real Marriage 93

CHAPTER FIVE: Making Match 101

CHAPTER SIX: Endogamy and Exogamy 133

CHAPTER SEVEN: Customs and Rituals of Marriage 162

CHAPTER EIGHT: Irregular Unions 182

PART III. Staying Married

CHAPTER NINE: The Economics of Marriage 199

CHAPTER TEN: The Ideal marriage 225

CONCLUSIONS 259

Notes to the Chapters 273

Bibliography 367

Subject Index 401

Index of Premodern Sources 410

Index of Modern Authors 425

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