How does a household function? Who owes what to whom, and how did people conceive of their relationships to one another? How did the realities of work in an agricultural society shape these relationships? My dissertation, “Domestic Labor and Marital Obligations in the Ancient Jewish Household,” asks these questions of rabbinic texts. It argues that rabbinic texts view domestic labor arrangements as inherently subject to variation rather than as static obligations.
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