“Boyarin’s book was largely responsible for the “modernization” of talmudic studies in North America, and it played a signal role in updating the concerns and methods of talmudists to match broader trends in the humanities”

In 1993, Daniel Boyarin published a relatively compact book entitled Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture, in which he attempted to redirect the study of rabbinic literature in at least three respects. First, he[…]

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