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The Talmud's Red Fence: Menstrual Impurity And Difference In Babylonian Judaism And Its Sasanian Context

Shai Secunda

Abstract

Rituals governing menstruation were an important aspect of Babylonian Jewish life, and they took shape within the context of Sasanian Mesopotamia, where neighboring religious communities were similarly animated by menstruation and its assumed impurity. The Talmud’s Red Fence: Menstruation and Difference in Babylonian Judaism and its Sasanian Context examines how the Talmudic rules of menstruation functioned within the dynamic space of Sasanian Mesopotamia. It argues that difference and differentiation between pure and impure, women and men, gentile and Jew, and the Babylonian and Palestinian T ... More

Keywords: menstruation, purity, Talmud, Sasanian, Zoroastrianism, Middle Persian, Mandaeism, Syriac Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198856825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198856825.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shai Secunda, author
Jacob Neusner Professor of Jewish Studies, Bard College