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‘Women Are (not) trustworthy’—Toward the resolution of a talmudic crux

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This chapter considers the difficulties in the passage in PT (yPes 1.1, 27b), both ambiguities and contradictions, and continue with a critique of earlier interpretations of this passage. It is followed by the suggestions of a new, though admittedly tentative and highly conjectural, solution to this crux, a solution whose broader implications are considered at greater length in this chapter. It begins with the ambiguities: What is the meaning of R. Ze'era’s assertion in 2 that ‘‘even women’ isn’t here’? Theoretically, this statement can be interpreted in two ways: (1) R. Ze'era might have rejected the ruling in 1 and claimed that women are not believed about searching for leaven; (2) R. Ze'era might have disagreed with the wording rather than the contents of 1. For 1, as presently formulated, seems to imply that women are somehow inferior to men.

Keywords: PT; R. Ze'era; Talmudic crux; trustworthy; women



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