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Author Wegner, Judith Romney.
Title Chattel or person? : the status of women in the Mishnah.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.

Author Wegner, Judith Romney.
Subject Mishnah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Women in rabbinical literature.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 267 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-254) and indexes.
Contents Introduction; 1. Chattel or Person?; 2. The Minor Daughter; 3. The Wife; 4. The Levirate Widow; 5. The Autonomous Woman; 6. Woman and the Public Domain; 7. The Anomaly of Woman in the Mishnah; 8. The Mishnaic Woman and Feminist Theory; Appendixes; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Exploring the place of women in the socioeconomic system formulated in the Mishnah, a book of legal rules with a spiritual basis compiled by Jewish sages in second-century Palestine, this study reveals a fundamental ambiguity in the role of women. Both the property and the peers of men, in some circumstances women were considered to possess no powers, rights, or duties in law, and in others were judged morally, practically, and intellectually fit to own property, conduct business, engage in lawsuits, and manage their own personal affairs. Wegner spells out in detail these variations in status.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780198021902 (electronic bk.)
0198021909 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 519442383
Additional Format Print version: Wegner, Judith Romney. Chattel or person? New York : Oxford University Press, 1988 9780195080032 (DLC) 87028305 (OCoLC)28505847

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