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Carnal Isræl: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture Paperback – August 30, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0520203365 ISBN-10: 0520203364

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (August 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520203364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520203365
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I find Boyarin's stance appealing, his fusion of Talmudic scholarship with post-modern literary theory brilliant, his arguments convincing."--Alicia Ostriker, "Women's Review of Books

About the Author

Daniel Boyarin is Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity (California, 1994).

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Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. His books include A Radical Jew, Border Lines, and Socrates and the Fat Rabbis. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Berel Dov Lerner on January 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Boyarin manages to cover some very interesting Talmudic material on gender and sexuality in an intelligent and informed manner. He also has a deep understanding of cultural theory, and argues for a number of exceptionally striking theses regarding Talmuds' (deliberate plural: he contrasts the Babylonian Talmud with the Jerusalem or Land of Israel Talmud) relationships to sexuality, gender, and embodiment. HOWEVER, Boyarin's claims are so wide-ranging and fundamental that it would require the study of a great deal of additional primary textual material to really confirm them in a responsible fashion.
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This book is background reading for a class on the old testament. Great price. Only way to make it better would be to get the physical book.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maurizio Giuliano on December 30, 2000
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This books approaches in a very open way the issue of sex in the Talmud. Not an easy thing to do... Yet it manages to do so well, without excessively offending one view or another. Through its approach, it probably expores one of the earliest expressions of feminism in Judaism.
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5 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2005
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Boyarin fails miserably in this tome to make use of the critical scholarship that has been written in the past 30 years on the rabbis and on rabbinic literature. He speaks of Hellenistic Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism rather than of the individual authors and editors of texts who lived distinct lives and thought distinct thoughts. To make the error clear: what Boyarin does is equivalent to someone writing a book in the future about "Jewish" views of sex in 21st century America and citing Boyarin and Boteach (Kosher Sex) without distinguishing who they were.
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1 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2004
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you don't have to be a radical traditionalist to understand how Boyarin deliberately misinterprets the Talmud and projects onto it his own feminist, post-modernist ideas.
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