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Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture
Beginning with a startling endorsement of the patristic view of Judaism—that it was a "carnal" religion, in contrast to the spiritual vision of the Church—Daniel Boyarin argues that rabbinic Judaism was based on a set of assumptions about the human body that were profoundly different from those of Christianity. The body—specifically, the sexualized body—could not be renoun ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 30th 1995 by University of California Press
(first published 1993)
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I loved this book. It's densely packed but accessible, with stories to read on a surface level and more information and nuances at a deeper level. As a Christian I find it accessible and filled with new ideas: I imagine Jewish readers will find it more familiar and get a deeper meaning from it.