Jewish Marriage in Antiquity

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Princeton University Press, 2001 - 431 pagina's
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Marriage today might be a highly contested topic, but certainly no more than it was in antiquity. Ancient Jews, like their non-Jewish neighbors, grappled with what have become perennial issues of marriage, from its idealistic definitions to its many practical forms to questions of who should or should not wed. In this book, Michael Satlow offers the first in-depth synthetic study of Jewish marriage in antiquity, from ca. 500 B.C.E. to 614 C.E. Placing Jewish marriage in its cultural milieu, Satlow investigates whether there was anything essentially "Jewish" about the institution as it was discussed and practiced. Moreover, he considers the social and economic aspects of marriage as both a personal relationship and a religious bond, and explores how the Jews of antiquity negotiated the gap between marital realities and their ideals.


Focusing on the various experiences of Jews throughout the Mediterranean basin and in Babylonia, Satlow argues that different communities, even rabbinic ones, constructed their own "Jewish" marriage: they read their received traditions and rituals through the lens of a basic understanding of marriage that they shared with their non-Jewish neighbors. He also maintains that Jews idealized marriage in a way that responded to the ideals of their respective societies, mediating between such values as honor and the far messier realities of marital life. Employing Jewish and non-Jewish literary texts, papyri, inscriptions, and material artifacts, Satlow paints a vibrant portrait of ancient Judaism while sharpening and clarifying present discussions on modern marriage for Jews and non-Jews alike.


  

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Inhoudsopgave

Why Marry?
3
Metaphor and Myth
42
Marriage and Law
68
Shreds of Real Marriage
93
Making a Match
101
Endogamy and Exogamy
133
Customs and Rituals of Marriage
162
Irregular Unions
182
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
Copyright

The Economics of Marriage
199

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Over de auteur (2001)

Michael L. Satlow is associate professor of religious studies and Judaic studies at Brown University. He is the author of "Jewish Marriage in Antiquity" and "Tasting the Dish: Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality,

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