Abstract

Abstract:

This essay challenges previous scholarship regarding the provenance and meaning of the story of Beruriah's downfall and death first attested in Rashi's Talmud commentary. I argue that, contrary to the recent scholarly consensus, there is good reason to believe that Rashi drew on a much earlier tradition and that his account represents the only attested explanation for the Bavli's reference to ma'aseh de-Beruriah. I further present a new reading of the story, viewing it not as a polemic but as a complex narrative that exposes the rabbis' own anxieties regarding women and their place within halakhic discourse and practice.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-0604
Print ISSN
0021-6682
Pages
pp. 383-411
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-25
Open Access
No
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