• From Their Bread to Their Bed: Commensality, Intermarriage, and Idolatry in Tannaitic Literature

    Author(s):
    Jordan Rosenblum (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review, Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity, Jewish Studies, Rabbinic Literature and Culture
    Subject(s):
    Talmud, Midrash, and Rabbinics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M66081
    Abstract:
    In the tannaitic corpus, a novel innovation appears: sharing bread is understood to lead to sharing a bed. As such, the Tannaim problematise and marginalise commensal interactions between Jews and non-Jews. In several instances, commensality with non-Jews is equated with idolatry, the binary opposite of Jewishness in rabbinic literature. While this connection is absent from Hebrew Bible texts and, at best, inchoate in a handful of Second Temple period sources, it is explicit in later amoraic literature. This article explores the gap between these corpora: tannaitic literature, in which we first encounter the rabbinic connection between bread and bed.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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