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This book applies anthropological insights to the understanding of an ancient and puzzling ritual, that of the sotah, or suspected adulteress. The ritual, initiated by a suspicious husband, was first described in Numbers 5, is elaborated by the later rabbis. Destro argues that the rabbis patter the sotah ritual to emphasize its, and the woman’s, anomalous nature and the symbolic work that this patterning does for the rabbinic system as a whole.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
  2. p. i
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Publishers' Preface
  2. Michael L. Satlow
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. I. The Bitter Waters
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  1. II. Historical Background and 'Topical' Problems
  2. pp. 25-47
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  1. III. The Setting of the Ordeal
  2. pp. 49-76
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  1. IV. The Ritual in Front of the Sanctuary
  2. pp. 77-107
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  1. V. The Epilogue of the "Judgment of God"
  2. pp. 109-136
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  1. VI. Outside the Rules
  2. pp. 137-157
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  1. Appendix 1
  2. pp. 159-163
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  1. Appendix 2
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Appendix 3
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. Transliterations
  2. p. 171
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 173-181
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  1. Authors Index
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  1. General Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781946527721
Related ISBN
9781946527738
MARC Record
OCLC
1946527726
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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