Jewish Studies

Tal Ilan

Tractates Pe'ah, Demai and Kil'ayim

Volume I/2. Text, Translation, and Commentary

[Traktate Pe'ah, Demai und Kil'ayim. Band I/2. Text, Übersetzung und Kommentar.]

2022. Approx. 220 pages.
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In this volume, Tal Ilan presents a feminist commentary on the first three mishnaic tractates of Seder Zera'im (Seeds) that have no Babylonian commentary. The first one, Pe'ah, is about charity. Demai, the second tractate, deals with doubtful tithing, while the third, kil'ayim, is about forbidden mixtures.
In this volume, Tal Ilan presents a feminist commentary on the first three mishnaic tractates of Seder Zera'im (Seeds) that have no Babylonian commentary. The first one, Pe'ah, is about charity. The commentary shows that, even though women in antiquity were poorer than men, and the Bible was aware of this, this tractate actually ignores them completely. Demai, the second tractate, is about doubtful tithing. Because it devotes much space to a sectarian organization known as the havurah , it is interesting to discover that this sect included women among its members. The third tractate, kil'ayim, is about forbidden mixtures – mixed breeding among animals, mixed weaving of two sorts of thread; the sowing of mixed crops in a field, or working the land with two different animals hitched together. The tractate is full of gendered metaphors that are discussed in detail.
Survey of contents
Tractates Pe'ah, Demai and Kil'ayim
Introduction
Tractate Pe'ah
Introduction – Commentary
Tractate Demai
Introduction – Commentary
Tractate Kil'ayim – Plonit
Introduction – Commentary
Authors/Editors

Tal Ilan Born 1956; 1991 PhD on Jewish Women in Greco-Roman Palestine at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; 2003–22 Professor for Jewish Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin; 2022 retired; since 2008 she is the editor of the Feminist Commentary on the Mishnah and the Babylonian Talmud (FCBT).

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