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Navigating The Anomalous: Non-Jews At The Intersection Of Early Rabbinic Law And Narrative

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Rabbinic legal writings are preoccupied not simply with defining categories and sorting their contents, but with navigating the brackish waters between them-the anomalous areas where boundaries either overlap or leave gaps. Such human discourse facilitates the necessary yet anxious commerce across the permeability of such categorical boundaries: between holy and profane, pure and impure, male and female, land of Israel and the Diaspora, people of Israel and the nations. This chapter focuses on the last pair, in particular, on the problem of the adjudication of civil claims between Jew and Gentile, each of whom inhabits a different, but intersecting nomian world. It then focuses on the earlier, formative Palestinian rabbinic texts that lie at the base of that subsequent legal history of interpretation. Rabbinic rules that treat non-Jewish others other than they treat their own have troubled interpreters of rabbinic thought from early rabbinic times until the present.

Keywords: Israel; non-Jews; rabbinic law



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