Animals and animality in the Babylonian Talmud

"Animals and Animality in the Babylonian Talmud selects key themes in animal studies--animal intelligence, morality, sexuality, suffering, danger, personhood--and explores their development in the Babylonian Talmud. Beth A. Berkowitz demonstrates that distinctive features of the Talmud--the new...

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Main Author: Berkowitz, Beth ca. 20./21. Jh.
Format: Electronic/Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2018
Reviews:[Rezension von: Beth A. Berkowitz, Animals and animality in the Babylonian Talmud] (2019) (Weisberg, Alexander M.)
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Talmûd bavlî / Animals
Further subjects:B Animals in rabbinical literature
B Talmud Criticism, interpretation, etc
B Animals Religious aspects Judaism
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Summary:"Animals and Animality in the Babylonian Talmud selects key themes in animal studies--animal intelligence, morality, sexuality, suffering, danger, personhood--and explores their development in the Babylonian Talmud. Beth A. Berkowitz demonstrates that distinctive features of the Talmud--the new literary genre, the convergence of Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian cultures, the Talmud's remove from Temple-centered biblical Israel--led to unprecedented possibilities within Jewish culture for conceptualizing animals and animality. She explores their development in the Babylonian Talmud, showing how it is ripe for reading with a critical animal studies perspective. When we do, we find waiting for us a multi-layered, surprisingly self-aware discourse about animals as well as about the anthropocentrism that infuses human relationships with them. For readers of religion, Judaism, and animal studies, her book offers new perspectives on animals from the vantage point of the ancient rabbis."--
Introduction : Balaam's ass, the Babylonian Talmud, and critical animal studies -- Orientation to the Babylonian Talmud -- Animal intelligence : Bava Qamma 34b-35a -- Animal morality : Sanherin 55a-b -- Animal suffering : Bava Metzia 32a-33a -- Animal danger : Bava Qamma 80a-b -- Animals as livestock : Sukkah 22b-23b -- Conclusion : Jewish animals
ISBN:1108423663
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/9781108529129