Jewish Marriage in Antiquity
By (author) Michael L. Satlow
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Jewish Marriage in Antiquity by Michael L. Satlow
Book DescriptionMarriage today might be a highly contested topic, but certainly no more than it was in antiquity. Ancient Jews, like their non-Jewish neighbors, grappled with what have become perennial issues of marriage, from its idealistic definitions to its many practical forms to questions of who should or should not wed. In this book, Michael Satlow offers the first in-depth synthetic study of Jewish marriage in antiquity, from ca. 500 B.C.E. to 614 C.E. Placing Jewish marriage in its cultural milieu, Satlow investigates whether there was anything essentially "Jewish" about the institution as it was discussed and practiced. Moreover, he considers the social and economic aspects of marriage as both a personal relationship and a religious bond, and explores how the Jews of antiquity negotiated the gap between marital realities and their ideals. Focusing on the various experiences of Jews throughout the Mediterranean basin and in Babylonia, Satlow argues that different communities, even rabbinic ones, constructed their own "Jewish" marriage: they read their received traditions and rituals through the lens of a basic understanding of marriage that they shared with their non-Jewish neighbors. He also maintains that Jews idealized marriage in a way that responded to the ideals of their respective societies, mediating between such values as honor and the far messier realities of marital life. Employing Jewish and non-Jewish literary texts, papyri, inscriptions, and material artifacts, Satlow paints a vibrant portrait of ancient Judaism while sharpening and clarifying present discussions on modern marriage for Jews and non-Jews alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691002552
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 26-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael L. Satlow
Gift in Antiquity, Hardback (March 2013)
The Gift in Antiquity presents a collection of 14 original essays that apply French sociologist Marcel Mauss s notion of gift-giving to the study of antiquity.
Creating Judaism, Paperback (November 2006)
Offers a different way of understanding Judaism that recognizes both its immense diversity and its unifying features. Presenting a series of portraits of Judaism throughout time and from around the globe, this work explores how communities shaped Jewish tradition in light of historical circumstances.
Religion and the Self in Antiquity, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Michael L. Satlow
Explores the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. This book argues that the history of the self does indeed begin in antiquity, developing as Western religion itself developed.
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Author Biography - Michael L. Satlow
Michael L. Satlow is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Tasting the Dish: Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality.
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