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Jewish Women in Greco-Roman Palestine
Tal Ilan

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Format: Paperback, 270pp.
ISBN: 1565632400
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.
Pub. Date: April 1996

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This study explores the real—as against the ideal—social, political, and religious status of women in Palestinian Judaism of Hellenistic and Roman Periods. This investigation concludes that extreme religious groups in Judaism of the period influenced other groups, classes, and factions to tighten their control of women. They also encouraged an understanding of ideal relationships between men and women, represented in the literature and the legal codes of the time, that required increasing chastity. Despite this, the lives of real women and their relationships to men continued to be varied and nuanced.

This book integrates both Jewish and Early Christian sources together with a feminist critique. It is the most comprehensive work of this sort published thus far and offers a vast repository of relevant material, as well as a fresh interpretation.


"Ilan brings to the task of recovering Jewish women's history a unique combination of talents. . . . This book is a tour de force—a major piece of research and 'must read' for all concerned with the recovery of women's history."
—Judith Romney Wegner in Journal of Biblical Literature

"The scope of the work is impresive. In a substantial introduction and eight chapters the author addresses a wide variety of topics. . . . Tal Ilan has given us an important monograph; we eagerly await her future works."
—Joshua Schwartz in Journal of Jewish Studies


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Tal Ilan received her Ph.D. from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She was Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, 1992–93, was Visiting Professor at Yale University, 1995, and is presently Lecturer at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University.

Table of Contents

3.A Woman's Biology97
4.Preserving a Woman's Chastity122
5.Crises in Married Life and the Breakdown of Marriage135
6.Women and the Legal System158
7.Women in Public176
8.Other Women205

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