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Chattel or person? [electronic resource] : the status of women in the Mishnah.

By: Wegner, Judith Romney.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1988Description: 1 online resource (xii, 267 p.).ISBN: 9780198021902 (electronic bk.); 0198021909 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Women in rabbinical literature | Mishnah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc | RELIGION -- Judaism -- TalmudGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Chattel or person?DDC classification: 296.1230088042 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction; 1. Chattel or Person?; 2. The Minor Daughter; 3. The Wife; 4. The Levirate Widow; 5. The Autonomous Woman; 6. Woman and the Public Domain; 7. The Anomaly of Woman in the Mishnah; 8. The Mishnaic Woman and Feminist Theory; Appendixes; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary: 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, in some 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 variations in status.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-254) and indexes.

Introduction; 1. Chattel or Person?; 2. The Minor Daughter; 3. The Wife; 4. The Levirate Widow; 5. The Autonomous Woman; 6. Woman and the Public Domain; 7. The Anomaly of Woman in the Mishnah; 8. The Mishnaic Woman and Feminist Theory; Appendixes; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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, in some 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 variations in status.

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