Chattel or Person?: The Status of Women in the Mishnah

Paperback | November 1, 1990

byJudith Romney WegnerAs told byJudith Romney Wegner

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Exploring the place of women in the socioeconomic system formulated in the Mishnah, a book of legal rules with a spiritual basis compiled by Jewish sages in second-century Palestine, this study reveals a fundamental ambiguity in the role of women. Both the property and the peers of men, insome circumstances women were considered to possess no powers, rights, or duties in law, and in others were judged morally, practically, and intellectually fit to own property, conduct business, engage in lawsuits, and manage their own personal affairs. Wegner spells out in detail these variationsin status, analyzes them, and isolates the factors that account for differential treatment of different classes of women in the private domain and for differential treatment of men and women in the public domain of mishnaic culture, relating her findings to recent developments in feminist analysesof the status of women in patriarchy.

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Wegner reveals a fundamental ambiguity in the role of women in the socioeconomic system formulated in the Mishnah, a book of legal rules with a spiritual basis compiled by Jewish sages in 2nd-century Palestine. "Extraordinarily valuable to all concerned with the historic roots of women's roles in Western religious traditions".--Journal...

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Exploring the place of women in the socioeconomic system formulated in the Mishnah, a book of legal rules with a spiritual basis compiled by Jewish sages in second-century Palestine, this study reveals a fundamental ambiguity in the role of women. Both the property and the peers of men, insome circumstances women were considered to pos...

Judith Romney Wegner is at Connecticut College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.87 inPublished:November 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195080032

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Wegner reveals a fundamental ambiguity in the role of women in the socioeconomic system formulated in the Mishnah, a book of legal rules with a spiritual basis compiled by Jewish sages in 2nd-century Palestine. "Extraordinarily valuable to all concerned with the historic roots of women's roles in Western religious traditions".--Journal of Religion

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"An important and original study, informed by a deep knowledge of law and legal theory and based on a careful reading of the rabbinic texts. The book is a rare and successful combination of law, feminist theory, and rabbinics."--Shaye Cohen, Jewish Theological Seminary