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Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem

Julia Watts Belser


Rabbinic Tales of Destruction examines early Jewish accounts of the Roman conquest of Jerusalem from the perspective of the wounded body and the scarred land. Amidst stories saturated with sexual violence, enslavement, forced prostitution, disability, and bodily risk, the book argues that rabbinic narrative wrestles with the brutal body costs of Roman imperial domination. It brings disability studies, feminist theory, and new materialist ecological thought to accounts of rabbinic catastrophe, revealing how rabbinic discourses of gender, sexuality, and the body are shaped in the shadow of empir ... More

Keywords: Rabbinic literature, Talmud, Roman conquest, temple destruction, gender, sexuality, disability, slavery, Jewish theology, Bavli Gittin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190600471
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190600471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Watts Belser, author
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Georgetown University