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Eros and the Jews: From Biblical Israel to Contemporary America

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Contradictory stereotypes about Jewish sexuality pervade modern culture, from Lenny Bruce's hip eroticism to Woody Allen's little man with the big libido (and even bigger sexual neurosis). Does Judaism in fact liberate or repress sexual desire? David Biale does much more than answer that question as he traces Judaism's evolving position on sexuality, from the Bible and Talmud to Zionism up through American attitudes today. What he finds is a persistent conflict between asceticism and gratification, between procreation and pleasure.

From the period of the Talmud onward, Biale says, Jewish culture continually struggled with sexual abstinence, attempting to incorporate the virtues of celibacy, as it absorbed them from Greco-Roman and Christian cultures, within a theology of procreation. He explores both the canonical writings of male authorities and the alternative voices of women, drawing from a fascinating range of sources that includes the Book of Ruth, Yiddish literature, the memoirs of the founders of Zionism, and the films of Woody Allen.

Biale's historical reconstruction of Jewish sexuality sees the present through the past and the past through the present. He discovers an erotic tradition that is not dogmatic, but a record of real people struggling with questions that have challenged every human culture, and that have relevance for the dilemmas of both Jews and non-Jews today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520920064
Subtitle:
From Biblical Israel to Contemporary America
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
David Biale
Author:
Biale, David
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Ethics, jewish
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Judaism - Theology
Subject:
Judaism - Theology x
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Jewish ethics
Subject:
Sexual ethics
Subject:
Judaism-Marriage and Family
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19971003
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
319

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