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Author Rosenberg, Micha'el, 1978- author

Title Signs of virginity : testing virgins and making men in late antiquity / Michael Rosenberg
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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Contents Virginity and violence in cross-cultural perspective -- Bloodied sheets: the biblical nuptial bed as rape scene -- "Trustworthy women" and other witnesses: tweaking Deuteronomy in pre-rabbinic and early rabbinic Judaism -- Doubts and faith: possible alternatives in three first century Jewish authors -- Struck by wood, struck by God: virginity beyond and despite anatomy in the Protevangelium of James, the Mishnah, and late antique Syriac poetry -- Open doors and accused brides: subjectivity and a new standard for virginity testing in rabbinic Babylonia -- Impure nuptials and sex as work: the Bavli's attempted divorce of virginity from violence -- (de)mythologizing the hymen: Augustine, the Bavli, and the rejection of force
Summary Signs of Virginity examines virginity testing in Judaism and early Christianity, and the relationship of these tests to male sexual violence. Rosenberg points to two authors--Augustine of Hippo and the rabbinic collective that produced the Babylonian Talmud--who construct alternative models that, if taken seriously, would utterly reverse cultural ideals of masculinity, encouraging men to be gentle, rather than brutal, in their sexual behavior
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 22, 2018)
Subject Masculinity -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600
Masculinity -- Religious aspects -- Judaism -- History of doctrines
Sex crimes -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600
Sex crimes -- Religious aspects -- Judaism -- History of doctrines
Virginity -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600
Virginity -- Religious aspects -- Judaism -- History of doctrines
RELIGION -- Judaism -- General.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017058641
ISBN 0190845902 (electronic book)
9780190845902 (electronic book)
(hardcover)