How Pragmatism Trumps Dogmatism: Marginalization and the Masses in the Case of Coming to the Temple

Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen

The Order of Qodashim in the Mishnah and the Babylonian Talmud discusses the Temple and its rituals, especially the sacrifices. It is well known that the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, while it stood, was almost exclusively a male institution. The purpose of the feminist commentary on Seder Qodashim is to discover niches in this elaborate system where women were present and active. Differences between male and female participation in the Temple cult - as they are presented in the mishnaic and talmudic texts - are the topic of the essays in this volume. The contributions by highly esteemed scholars of rabbinic literature represent a surprising selection of topics that touch on Temple and gender. This volume sums up two conferences, held in Berlin and Jerusalem, devoted to the Order of Qodashim, initiating the Feminist Commentary Series on this Order.



  • T. Ilan
  • M. Brockhaus
  • T. Hidde

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Introduction to Seder Qodashim: A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud V