Title

Rabbinic Gender: Beyond Male And Female

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2020

Published In

A Companion To Late Ancient Jews And Judaism: Third Century BCE To Seventh Century CE

Abstract

This chapter offers an alternative to the more common understanding of rabbinic bodies and genders as always and only situated within a fixed, male–female binary system or framework. It argues, drawing from both tannaitic midrashic and mishnaic sources, that for the rabbis, the existence of genders beyond a rigid, binary framing is so assumed and self‐evident that scripture must reflect this reality; thus scripture is “rewritten” or interpreted to teach this.

Keywords

rabbinic, gender, queer, Tumtum, Androginos, Mekhilta, Sifra, Mishnah, Tosefta

Published By

John Wiley & Sons

Editor(s)

N. Koltun-Fromm and Gwynn Kessler.

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