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Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?: Gender and Covenant in Judaism / Edition 1
     

Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?: Gender and Covenant in Judaism / Edition 1

by Shaye J. D. Cohen
 

ISBN-10: 0520212509

ISBN-13: 9780520212503

Pub. Date: 09/06/2005

Publisher: University of California Press


Why aren't Jewish women circumcised? This improbable question, first advanced by anti-Jewish Christian polemicists, is the point of departure for this wide-ranging exploration of gender and Jewishness in Jewish thought. With a lively command of a wide range of Jewish sources—from the Bible and the Talmud to the legal and philosophical writings of the Middle

Overview


Why aren't Jewish women circumcised? This improbable question, first advanced by anti-Jewish Christian polemicists, is the point of departure for this wide-ranging exploration of gender and Jewishness in Jewish thought. With a lively command of a wide range of Jewish sources—from the Bible and the Talmud to the legal and philosophical writings of the Middle Ages to Enlightenment thinkers and modern scholars—Shaye J. D. Cohen considers the varied responses to this provocative question and in the process provides the fullest cultural history of Jewish circumcision available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520212503
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/06/2005
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Preface

Part One. Jewish Circumcision and Christian Polemics
1. A Canonical History of Jewish Circumcision
2. Were Jewish Women Ever Circumcised?
3. Christian Questions, Christian Responses
4. From Reticence to Polemic

Part Two. Why Aren’t Jewish Women Circumcised? Four Responses
5. The Celebration of Manhood
6. The Reduction of Lust and the Unmanning of Men
7. True Faith and the Exemption of Women
8. The Celebration of Womanhood
Part Three.
Conclusion: Challenges to the Circumcision of Jewish Men

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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