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A history of the Jewish people from bris to burial, from “muscle Jews” to nose jobs.

Melvin Konner, a renowned doctor and anthropologist, takes the measure of the “Jewish body,” considering sex, circumcision, menstruation, and even those most elusive and controversial of microscopic markers–Jewish genes. But this is not only a book that examines the human body through the prism of Jewish culture. Konner looks as well at the views of Jewish physiology held by non-Jews, and the way those views seeped into Jewish thought. He describes in detail the origins of the first nose job, and he writes about the Nazi ideology that categorized Jews as a public health menace on par with rats or germs.

A work of grand historical and philosophical sweep, The Jewish Body discusses the subtle relationship between the Jewish conception of the physical body and the Jewish conception of a bodiless God. It is a book about the relationship between a land–Israel–and the bodily sense not merely of individuals but of a people. As Konner describes, a renewed focus on the value of physical strength helped generate the creation of a Jewish homeland, and continued in the wake of it.

With deep insight and great originality, Konner gives us nothing less than an anatomical history of the Jewish people.

About the Author

Melvin Konner, Ph.D., M.D., and the author of nine books, is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, where he teaches in the anthropology, human biology, and Jewish studies programs. He has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Science, and The New England Journal of Medicine.

Table of Contents

God's body — "The fruitful cut" — Greeks and Jews — Adam's rib? — Dangerous bodies — God's beard — "Hath not a Jew eyes?" — Race and destiny — Surviving — The body returns — Tough Jews — The trowel and the sword — The eye of the beholder — Bodily fictions — Jewish power — Deborah's daughters — Jewish genes?.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805242669
Publisher:
Nextbook
Subject:
Jews
Author:
Konner, Melvin
Author:
Melvin Konner
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Judaism - Theology
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Subject:
Jews -- Identity.
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
History : Jewish - General
Subject:
Judaism - Beliefs Practices Rituals
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090113
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
285

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Personality Disorders
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Physical
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Judaism » General
Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Theology

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