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Rabbinic Literature
Tal Ilan, Lorena Miralles-Macia, Ronit Nikolsky, editors
BW 4.1
Publication Date
April 2022


This volume in the Bible and Women series is devoted to rabbinic literature from late Jewish antiquity to the early Middle Ages. Fifteen contributions feature different approaches to the question of biblical women and gender and encompass a wide variety of rabbinic corpora, including the Mishnah-Tosefta, halakhic and aggadic midrashim, Talmud, and late midrash. Some essays analyze biblical law and gender relations as they are reflected in the rabbinic sages’ argumentation, while others examine either the rabbinic portrayal of a certain woman or a group of women or the role of biblical women in a specific rabbinic context. Contributors include Judith R. Baskin, Yuval Blankovsky, Alexander A. Dubrau, Cecilia Haendler, Tal Ilan, Gail Labovitz, Moshe Lavee, Lorena Miralles-Maciá, Ronit Nikolsky, Susanne Plietzsch, Natalie C. Polzer, Olga I. Ruiz-Morell, Devora Steinmetz, Christiane Hannah Tzuberi, and Dvora Weisberg.

Tal Ilan is Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin. 

Lorena Miralles-Maciá is Associate Professor in the Department of Semitic Studies, Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, at the University of Granada. 

Ronit Nikolsky is a senior lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies and Culture and Cognition in the University of Groningen.

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Praise for Rabbinic Literature

This is an important volume for the study of rabbinic literature, for the study of gender, and, of course, for understanding women and gender in rabbinic thought; it should be read by all who are interested in these fields. It should be found and read not only in the halls of the academy but also in the more popular venues of Talmud study. This and similar studies should not be ignored and should be included in Talmud study as a matter of course.
Joshua Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Review of Biblical Literature