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The woman as "Other" in rabbinic literature

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This chapter is about Jewish women, who are, always in some way, under the tutelage of a patriarch. It inquires in what way women are different from other persons under male tutelage and argues that in Jewish terms this difference derives from women's radical otherness. The rabbis, identified many groups as 'others', namely as belonging to categories that deviate from the normal. Rabbinic literature has preserved the memory of a man who once had belonged to their 'normal' world, and had somehow left their world, searching for an alternative existence. This chapter shows that the most common group of 'others' found in the vicinity of the rabbis was women. It also shows how women are compared to a wide variety of 'others': slaves, minors, gentiles, Samaritans, cripples and criminals.

Keywords: gentile; Jewish women; rabbinic literature



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