Imagining The Fetus: The Unborn In Myth, Religion, And Culture
This chapter examines rabbinic narratives about fetuses recorded in compilations dating from the third through the tenth centuries CE. Instead of placing these traditions within the context of contemporary questions about abortion, this chapter illustrates the ways that rabbinic narratives about fetuses and traditions about the creation of the embryo provide insights into rabbinic constructions of Israel. Particular attention is paid to rabbinic traditions about prenatal Jacob and Esau, which demonstrate that the rabbis often construct Jewishness in oppositional relation to non-Jewishness.
rabbinic, fetus, Jewishness, covenant, Jacob, Esau, Revelation, Exodus, procreation
Oxford University Press
J. M. Law And V. R. Sasson
""Famous" Fetuses In Rabbinic Literature".
Imagining The Fetus: The Unborn In Myth, Religion, And Culture.