The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory by David KraemerThe Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory by David Kraemer

The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory

EditorDavid Kraemer

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Carefully arguing that many common assumptions about the traditional Jewish family are mistaken, this outstanding collection of essays--many previously unpublished--by thirteen leading scholars, explores the subject both in its historical reality and as it has been perceived and imagined byJews over the centuries. Writing for a conference held at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America the contributors, including Robert Alter, Mordecai Friedman, Paula Hyman, and Moshe Idel, reveal the Jewish family to be a variegated, rich, and complicated institution that has adapted andresponded to the many different cultures in which Jews have made their homes. Individual essays examine Jewish marriage in rabbinic, medieval, and modern times; marriage as a literary and artistic metaphor; childhood and adolescence in Judaism and the role of the mother as ethical instructor; andthe Jewish family in the community, where different Jewish cultures have preserved central elements of the tradition while developing unique expressions of family life.
David Kraemer is at Jewish Theological Seminary.
Title:The Jewish Family: Metaphor and MemoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195054679

ISBN - 13:9780195054675

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"This is a scholarly collection of papers which provides new insights and which should stimulate further research on the many aspects of the history and of the structure of the Jewish family."--Jewish Journal of Sociology