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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Women, Part One: Yebamot: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Women, Part One: Yebamot: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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This is the first of a five-part presentation of the Mishnaic law of women. Jacob Neusner provides a translation and explanation of Yebamot, the Mishnah tractate that deals with the heavenly intervention into the formation and dissolution of marriage, the effect of death on the marital bond, and the dissolution of that bond through death. Neusner examines Yebamot chapter by chapter, comparing the themes in it with those found in other Mishnah tractates and other passages of Scripture.

Author Bio

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).