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Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture

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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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Ghoti
Dec 24, 2014 Ghoti added it
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.
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Feb 17, 2014 Josh Franklin rated it it was amazing
Boyarin's style of writing is accessible and sophisticated. He does a fantastic job at analyzing talmudic text within historical context, and creating compelling and relevant take aways for the reader.
Ethan Witkovsky
He is so positive. I really like the way he uses his intellect and I love that he cites students in his footnotes.
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