Talmudic Depictions of Mothers: What Do They Tell Us about the Rabbis?


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  • Speaker: Marjorie Lehman, Frankel Fellow
  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 03/27/2014
  • Time: 12:15 PM

  • Location: 202 S. Thayer St., Room 2022, Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    Mothers figure prominently in the biblical narratives, molding history through their sons. In the Babylonian Talmud, however, mothers and sons are portrayed differently from these biblical accounts. The mother/son relationships that appear in the Talmudic material suggest a greater degree of ambivalence about the nature of this relationship as compared to the earlier biblical narratives. Through a close reading of several Talmudic sources we will explore together what the rabbinic depiction of the mother/son relationship tells us about the Talmudic rabbis as compared to their biblical predecessors.

    Sponsored by: The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies