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Feminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature
Inbar Raveh; Kaeren Fish, trans.

HBI Series on Jewish Women

2014 • 232 pp. 6 x 9"
Jewish Literary Criticism / Jewish Studies / Literary Criticism - Feminist

$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-607-4

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-609-8

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“This exhilarating volume demonstrates the growing impact of gender research on Israeli scholarship. Raveh’s perceptive interpretations of aggadic traditions about female biblical and rabbinic figures illuminate neglected aspects of their male authors’ cultural and historical contexts.”—Judith R. Baskin

Novel readings of rabbinic literature from the perspective of feminism and gender reading theories

This book offers a fresh perspective on classical Jewish literature by providing a gender-based, feminist reading of rabbinical anecdotes and legends. Viewing rabbinical legends as sources that generate perceptions about women and gender, Inbar Raveh provides answers to questions such as how the Sages viewed women; how they formed and molded their characterization of them; how they constructed the ancient discourse on femininity; and what the status of women was in their society. Raveh also re-creates the voices and stories of the women themselves within their sociohistorical context, moving them from the periphery to the center and exposing how men maintain power. Chapter topics include desire and control, pain, midwives, prostitutes, and myth.

A major contribution to the fields of literary criticism and Jewish studies, Raveh’s book demonstrates the possibility of appreciating the aesthetic beauty and complexity of patriarchal texts, while at the same time recognizing their limitations.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“In this creative book, Raveh uses a wide range of modern theories, including gender theory and feminist psychology, to show the complex and diverse ways in which the rabbinic sages rework stories about women.”—Tova Hartman

“Those versed in feminist theory will have the easiest time reading Feminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature. Raveh’s work is challenging, but offers insights for feminists and others interested in Judaic studies, particularly those who enjoy analyzing rabbinic literature through contemporary eyes.”—The Reporter (Vestal, NY)

INBAR RAVEH is a scholar of rabbinic literature (aggada) and of modern Hebrew literature, as well as a poet in her own right. Her focus over the past several years has been a gender perspective on the legends of the Sages.

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