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Bibil Identifier bibil:144420
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Fable of "the Middle-Aged Man with Two Wives": From the Aesopian Motif to the Babylonian Talmud Version in b. B. Qam. 60b
Author Miralles Maciá, Lorena
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 39, Issue: 2)
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 267-281 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Some motifs of the Aesopian tradition were adapted by rabbinic literature. One of them was the case of a man who had two wives, one young and the other old, who plucked out his grey and black hairs respectively, until he became bald. The current tale had several versions until the rabbis included it with the mashal form in a passage of the Tractate Baba Qamma of the Babylonian Talmud. In this article I collect the passages where it appears prior to the Talmudic text (the Augustana recension of the Aesopian fables and the works of Diodorus Siculus, Babrius, and Phaedrus), in order to determine, as far as possible, to which version of the tale the rabbinic tradition could have access.
DOI 10.1163/157006308X246008
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Talmud (Babli and Yerushalmi) : Neziqin : Bava Qamma
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Mashal
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