By Daniel Boyarin
Starting with a startling endorsement of the patristic view of Judaism--that it used to be a "carnal" faith, not like the religious imaginative and prescient of the Church--Daniel Boyarin argues that rabbinic Judaism used to be in response to a collection of assumptions in regards to the human physique that have been profoundly assorted from these of Christianity. The body--specifically, the sexualized body--could now not be renounced, for the Rabbis believed as a non secular precept within the iteration of offspring and accordingly in sex sanctioned through marriage.This trust sure women and men jointly and made very unlikely some of the modes of gender separation practiced through early Christians. The dedication to coupling didn't suggest a answer of the unequal distribution of energy that characterised relatives among the sexes in all late-antique societies. yet Boyarin argues strenuously that the male building and therapy of ladies in rabbinic Judaism didn't relaxation on a loathing of the feminine physique. hence, with no ignoring the currents of sexual domination that path in the course of the Talmudic texts, Boyarin insists that the rabbinic account of human sexuality, diverse from that of the Hellenistic Judaisms and Pauline Christianity, has whatever vital and empowering to educate us this day.
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1 The Rabbis are commenting on the biblical text: "One who spills blood of a human, for the sake of the human his blood will be spilt, for in the image of God, He made the human. " Rabbis Akiva and El'azar disagree on the interpretation of the context. 1. This is to be taken as neither an assertion nor a denial of the biographical, historical "reality" of these Rabbis and their discourse, but only as an interpretation of the function that the text plays, in my reading, in rabbinic culture. Â < previous page < previous page page_134 page_135 next page > next page > Page 135 Rabbi Akiva understands that the clause referring to the "image of God" has to do with the murderer who diminishes the human image of God, while Rabbi El'azar reads it as pertaining to the continuation of the text and thus referring to procreation.
Previous page < previous page page_149 page_15 next page > next page > Page 15 which we can read against the grain of the texts and learn anything about ideological conflict and power relations within this culture, and indeed, most scholarship on such a culture is non-critical, at best reproducing the ideology of the dominant voices structuring the texts of the culture. My practice here will be to look at texts as (necessarily failed) attempts to propose utopian solutions to cultural tensions.
That is, the opposition grows out of a representation of women's subjectivity (not that it is a presentation of actual women's subjectivity). See also below, n. 40. 31. Since Rachel's father, the quintessential fat cat, also has an emblematic name in this text, "Satisfied Dog," I do not think that reading Rachel's name as emblematic is overdrawn. Note that her name is only hinted at in the talmudic text, but so strongly that the tradition univocally understood that her name was Rachel. The very absence of explicit reference becomes, accordingly, almost a means of drawing attention to the symbolic value of the name.