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    DescriptionThis book studies the significance of sight in rabbinic cultures across Palestine and Mesopotamia (approximately first to seventh centuries). It tracks the extent and effect to which the rabbis living in the Greco-Roman and Persian worlds sought to appropriate, recast and discipline contemporaneous understandings of sight. Sight had a crucial role to play in the realms of divinity, sexuality and gender, idolatry and, ultimately, rabbinic subjectivity. The rabbis lived in a world in which the eyes were at once potent and vulnerable: eyes were thought to touch objects of vision, while also acting as an entryway into the viewer. Rabbis, Romans, Zoroastrians, Christians and others were all concerned with the protection and exploitation of vision. Employing many different sources, Professor Neis considers how the rabbis engaged varieties of late antique visualities, along with rabbinic narrative, exegetical and legal strategies, as part of an effort to cultivate and mark a 'rabbinic eye'.

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    The Sense of Sight in Rabbinic Culture
    Jewish Ways of Seeing in Late Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rachel Neis
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 610 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107032514
    ISBN 10: 1107032512

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    LC classification: BM496.9.V57 N45 2013
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
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    21 October 2013
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    Rachel Neis is an Assistant Professor in the History Department and in the Program for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her interests include rabbinic literature and culture, the history of the senses, and comparative ancient and contemporary law and legal theory.
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. Visual theory; 2. God-gazing and homovisuality; 3. Heterovisuality, face-bread and cherubs; 4. Visual eros; 5. Eyeing idols; 6. Seeing sages; Conclusion.