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On the Humanity of Gentiles and Women: the Meanings of adam in Rabbinic Texts

On the Humanity of Gentiles and Women: the Meanings of adam in Rabbinic Texts
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Mar 14th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 14th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Jewish Studies, 2000-
Lecture by Shaye J. D. Cohen, Harvard

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies presents

Roz and Ralph Halbert Endowment in Jewish Studies

On the Humanity of Gentiles and Women: the Meanings of adam in Rabbinic Texts

The Mishnah, the foundational document of rabbinic Judaism, regularly uses the term adam "person" as the subject of its sentences. But it is clear that these passages have in mind not just any person but specifically the free adult Israelite male, in other words a Jew. In some passages it is possible that the Mishnah chose the locution adam because it wanted to include women and gentiles, but these passages are not numerous and in any case require interpretation. The larger question is whether this usage of adam reflects rabbinic anthropology or is simply a function of rabbinic style.

Shaye J. D. Cohen is the Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating. For further information, please contact the Centre for Jewish Studies at 416 978-1624

 


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