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Bibil Identifier bibil:202356
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Go Enjoy Your Acquisition"
Title (English, ) Virginity Claims in Rabbinic Literature Reexamined
Author Kulp, Joshua
Journal Hebrew Union College Annual (Volume: 77)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Year (Second publication) 2006
Language English
Pages 33-65 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper analyzes every rabbinic source concerning the topic of virginity claims and traces the development of these laws and the literature in which they are embed­ded from their earliest appearances in the Mishnah and Tosefta through the redac­tion of the Babylonian Talmud. There are several trends that emerge. In the earliest tannaitic stratum of the literature, one finds that virginity claims are already difficult for a husband to bring to court and even more difficult to successfully prove, thereby causing his wife to lose her ketubbah. We will demonstrate this through analysis of several tannaitic passages, passages which have been frequently misunderstood in scholarly literature. By the early amoraic stratum, one finds the beginnings of a response to the tannaitic trend to deny virginity claims. This response represents a pivotal moment in the legal development of virginity claims and has not been prop­erly understood by scholars. Understanding this development is a key toward the de­ciphering of several talmudic passages. Towards the end of the amoraic period, two counterapproaches to virginity claims emerge, one which appears to preclude by legislation the very possibility of such claims, and another by which the husband's virginity claim is always accepted, presuming that he would never fabricate such a claim. This paper contributes several fresh understandings of previously misinter­preted passages and as such is important to the future study of rabbinic attitudes toward female virginity in particular and sexuality in general.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Virgin
Pericopes Deuteronomy 22,13-22,21
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