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Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised? – Gender and Covenant in Judaism - California Scholarship Online
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Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?: Gender and Covenant in Judaism

Shaye Cohen


Why aren't Jewish women circumcised? This improbable question, first advanced by anti-Jewish Christian polemicists, is the point of departure for this wide-ranging exploration of gender and Jewishness in Jewish thought. With a lively command of a wide range of Jewish sources—from the Bible and the Talmud to the legal and philosophical writings of the Middle Ages, to Enlightenment thinkers and modern scholars—the author considers the varied responses to this provocative question and in the process provides a full cultural history of Jewish circumcision.

Keywords: Jewish women, anti-Jewish polemicists, gender, Jewishness, Jewish thought, Bible, Talmud, Middle Ages, Enlightenment, Jewish circumcision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520212503
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520212503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaye Cohen, author