Julia Watts Belser. Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.Opening:
Julia Watts Belser’s methodological masterpiece marries the academic study of the Talmud with Jewish constructive theology. She combines a carefully crafted critical apparatus with creative close readings of tales of destruction from Bavli Gittin and associated midrashic texts. The volume incorporates insights from postcolonial theory, disability studies, ecological materialism, class critique, and gender and sexuality studies into a synthetic hermeneutic emphasizing embodiment as theorized in the rabbinic texts. ...Past PaleoJudaica posts on Dr. Belser's work are here and here and links.
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