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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Women, Part Four: Sotah, Gittin, Qiddushin: Translation and Explanation

A History of the Mishnaic Law of Women, Part Four: Sotah, Gittin, Qiddushin: Translation and Explanation

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2007

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In the fourth part of Jacob Neusner’s breakdown of the Mishnaic law of Women, Neusner provides a translation and explanation of the following Mishnah tractates: Sotah, Gittin, and Qiddushin. Sotah pertains to the accused wife who is forced to submit to her husband if he expresses jealousy concerning her behavior. Gittin deals with the shift in a woman’s status from being consecrated to a single man in marriage to being unconsecrated, and free to marry again. Qiddushin pertains to the consecration of a woman through betrothal to a particular man. Neusner examines these tractates chapter by chapter, comparing the themes in them with those found in other Mishnah tractates and other 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.).